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Last day for 2016 Hiking Shields is March 31

Published: February 28, 2017 6:05 PM
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Hikers who completed at least eight trails during the 2016 Fall Hiking Spree have until March 31 to claim their rewards.

First-time participants who earned hiking staffs and commemorative shields, and veterans who earned shields, may visit the following locations:

• The visitors center at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm (1828 Smith Rd., Akron), Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 to 5 p.m.

• The nature center at Liberty Park (9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg), Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 to 5 p.m.

• The Summit Metro Parks administrative offices (975 Treaty Line Rd., Akron) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Additionally, Summit Metro Parks is offering two opportunities – both at the Nature Realm – for spree hikers to get help attaching their shields to staffs: Saturday, March 11 from 1 to 3 p.m., and Friday, March 31 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Fall Hiking Spree, held annually since 1964, is the largest and longest-running event of its kind in the nation. Rewards are free to Summit County residents. Out-of-county residents pay to receive their rewards ($10 for first-year hikers, $5 for veteran hikers).

For more information, please call 330-865-8065.

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