Summit County Trails

For every $1 of Summit County money, an additional $12 is leveraged in federal, state and local investment.

Trail connectivity is a key goal for partners across Summit County, as outlined the the Summit County Trail & Greenway Plan. This plan identifies potential trails and greenways in Summit County, along with their connections to the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, Summit Metro Parks’s Bike & Hike Trail, and other trail and greenway networks. Since 2001, Summit County Executives and Summit County Council has supported this popular trail and greenspace plan by dedicating money toward grant projects identified on the plan. To view the plan, click the link below:

Summit County Trail & Greenway Plan

Some of the past important projects included construction for the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, Summit Metro Parks' proposed Freedom Trail and the Bike & Hike Trail, the City of Barberton’s Towpath Trailhead construction, and the Village of Boston Heights’ Veterans Trail connecting the Village to the City of Hudson and to the Towpath Trail in Akron.

The grant application process is open once a year to trail projects in Summit County. Please check back soon for more information on the next round of grants, and scroll below to see a list of the 2017 Summit County Trail & Greenspace grant recipients. Contact George Ebey with any questions.

2018 Summit County Grant Application

The 2018 grant cycle for Summit County Trails is now open. You can read more about this year's process here and download the application below:

2018 Summit County Trail Grant Application

Submit your completed application to the address below by April 1, 2018.

Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition
Attention: George Ebey
47 W. Exchange Street
Akron, Ohio 44308


2017 Summit County Grant Recipients

Summit Metro Parks 

To acquire land on the south side of Fairview Ave in Barberton to preserve a Towpath trailhead.
Total Project Budget: $27,000
Grant Awarded: $7,000

City of Green

To assist in construction of the Nimisila Reservoir Embankment Trail Phase II.
Total Project Budget: $34,218
Grant Awarded: $5,500

City of Barberton

To install bike repair stations and water fill stations for bicyclist use, improving safety and convenience along the trail.
Total Project Budget: $7,170
Grant Awarded: $2,500

Springfield Township

To extend Spartan Trail for the Lakefront Path Phase 3.
Total Project Budget: $32,375
Grant awarded: $4,000

Village of Richfield

To develop design and construction documentation of the Richfield Carter/Pedigo Trail extension.
Total Project Budget: $225,000
Grant Awarded: $5,000

Bath Township

To purchase and install six bike racks at four township trailheads.
Total Project Budget: $2,840
Grant Awarded: $2,000

Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition

To perform the Rubber City Heritage Trail study.
Total Project Budget: $67,500
Grant Awarded: $4,000