Designate Your Gift
Your support of the Summit Metro Parks Foundation’s General Fund is especially valued because your gift is in support of the park district’s important mission:
We conserve, sustainably manage and value natural resources for the health and enjoyment of our
community, and inspire people to connect with nature through clean and safe parks.
Many people are surprised to learn that the park district manages more than 150 miles of trails, including 22.4 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.
Your gift to the Trails Fund will be utilized for the creation of new trails or to meet the ongoing costs of maintaining trails and trailheads.
Much of the natural beauty of Summit Metro Parks comes from the abundance of native trees and shrubs, which cleanse the air we breathe, absorb greenhouse gases and provide habitat for countless species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians—and even the less-noticed, but equally important—insects, spiders and fungi.
Your donation to the Tree Trust will go toward the purchase of trees and shrubs to be planted throughout the park district. Many donors choose the Tree Trust for memorial giving, finding special meaning in the benefit of trees that will enhance the parks for many years to come, and the web of life they support. Donations of $300 or more to the Tree Trust are recognized (upon request) with a one- by four-inch engraved plaque for display on the donor wall at the F. A. Seiberling Nature Realm.
The nearly 100-year-old Summit Metro Parks has a special focus on conservation, stewarding nature in the parks through ecological restorations and wildlife monitoring. There are over 264 of the rarest species on earth, including endangered species, protected by Summit Metro Parks. Conservation programs include citizen science projects and the cultural resources program that works to understand conserve the history and pre-history of the parks.
Your gift to the Conservation Fund will not only help to protect, restore and maintain the natural environment, it will also support efforts like the archeological digs at Gorge Metro Park, ensuring that the park district can protect important artifacts and remain good stewards of our historical resources.
Summit Metro Parks Foundation’s Endowment Fund, held at the Akron Community Foundation, is an ideal way to make a gift that lasts.
A gift to the Endowment Fund means you’ll be providing financial stability not just for today, but for as long as we have parks, ensuring their beauty, protected environmental resources, and quality-of-life benefits for future generations.
The “Donate Now” button below takes you to the Summit Metro Parks Foundation Endowment Fund held at the Akron Community Foundation. Donors will receive responses from both organizations. Please allow up to four weeks for an acknowledgment letter from the Summit Metro Parks Foundation, since we are notified monthly of Endowment Fund gifts.
Consider Planned Giving
Consider Making a Planned Gift
Planned giving—such as remembering Summit Metro Parks Foundation in your will or by beneficiary designation—is recognized by membership in the Green Islands Legacy Society. We’re honored to work with you to ensure that your planned gift makes the most significant impact possible, and in a way that reflects what you value most about Summit Metro Parks. Members of the Green Islands Legacy Society are recognized annually in the Summit Metro Parks Foundation’s donor recognition listing.