A New Nature Center for Summit Lake

The future Summit Lake Nature Center is beginning to bloom at the former pump house building along the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Akron. Construction and interior design as well as interpretive exhibit planning is underway.

“After the successful pilot of a nature center with educational programming developed based on feedback we received from the community, we are thrilled to expand our presence in the Summit Lake neighborhood and to connect people with nature in new ways in Summit County,” said Executive Director Lisa King.

Building construction began early in 2020 and is nearing completion, with planning underway for interpretive exhibits. Summit Metro Parks is working with Tessellate/EXPLUS to bring to the community educational and engaging exhibits that tell the story of the site’s cultural past and highlight its natural history.

The pump house building was donated to the park district by the City of Akron, and its development has been made possible thanks to philanthropic support. The primary funder is the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with additional support from the Akron Community Foundation, Great Lakes Construction, Summit County Land Bank Community Development Matching Fund Grant Program and a generous individual donor.