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Discover Nature Realm's acres of history

Published: March 3, 2014 12:25 AM

Metro Parks, Serving Summit County exists due to the foresight of a few visionary individuals, including Goodyear Tire & Rubber founder Frank A. Seiberling.

Seiberling, a member of the Board of Park Commissioners from 1924 to 1935, donated more than 400 acres to expand Sand Run Metro Park. Land that he owned from 1920 to 1948 was purchased by Metro Parks in 1964 to become the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm (1828 Smith Rd., Akron), a special-use area that has been set aside for the study and enjoyment of nature.

Join Naturalist Mike Greene to celebrate the history and nature of this unique park while hiking the 1.4-mile Seneca Trail, Saturday, March 8 at 2 p.m.

“People throughout history — American Indians, War of 1812 soldiers, farmers, the Seiberling family and others — were tied to this land long before it became a park,” said Greene.

The 104-acre Nature Realm includes a 10,000-square-foot visitors center with a gift shop, several gardens, observation decks, two ponds, hiking trails and a tall-grass prairie.

Call 330-865-8065 for more information.

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