Residents view plans for new Metro parks in Hudson

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- Representatives from Metro Parks, Serving Summit County unveiled their plans for two new parks in the city Aug. 5 at the Hudson Library and Historical Society. Engineer Chuck Hawber and Landscape Architect Lisa King talked about Wood Hollow, a 177-acre park at the corner of Barlow and Stow roads. The developed area will be in the southwest corner to avoid wetlands. A 50-car parking lot, restroom, shelter and hiking trail are planned with an open meadow area for recreational use. The trail will be approximately 2 miles and the open meadow will be between 1 and 1.5 acres, King said. Also during phase 1, which is scheduled in 2014, Metro Parks will excavate and enlarge a pond in the development area. In phase 2 a boardwalk will be built around the pond that will be compliant with the American with Disabilities Act and handicap accessible from the parking lot, King said. This past week and for the next two weeks, Linda Whitman, archaeologist at the University of Akron is taking eight students and one student assistant to the meadow area to survey for any prehistoric or historic sites. Whitman said they found some chips of flint, by-products of making tools, in the meadow area. The higher elevation is a good place to find archaeological sites because food and water were nearby, Whitman said. The meadow will preserve and protect the site, Whitman said. Mark Szeremet, park planner for Metro Parks, is responsible for initial land acquisition, writing grants and getting a project started. He has completed his work with Wood Hollow. "Lisa and Chuck will do the fine tuning and construction," Szeremet said. The design and engineering for Maple Grove Metro Park will begin in 2014 and construction and opening will be in 2015, Szeremet said. Maple Grove Metro Park will have approximately a two-mile trail with boardwalk in at least three places to cross the wetlands. Brandywine tributaries cross the park land in the north side of Hines Hill Road and empty into Brandywine Creek on the south side of Hines Hill Road. Maple Grove Metro Park will have a 40-car parking lot, restroom, information kiosk and potential pavilion off of Hines Hill Road on the western side of the 293 acres of park land. The Maple Grove Metro Park trail will connect with an existing trail in Maple Grove Park just north of the property. The city owned park, Maple Grove Park, has 93 acres and a 1-mile loop trail that connects to the neighborhood at Ashbrooke and Farmham ways. City Parks Superintendent Eric Hutchinson was available for questions and provided maps on a proposed connection plan for sidewalks and trails in the city. He also announced the upcoming "Pack the Pond" event Aug. 12 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Springs Park. The Friends of Hudson, Appalachian Outfitters and Summit Disc Golf Association are sponsoring the event. Residents are invited to enjoy a cook-out, disc golf clinics, kayak demonstrations and other activities. Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com Phone: 330-541-9434 Facebook: Laura Freeman, Record Publishing Twitter: @LauraFreeman_RP

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