Thursday, October 31, 2013

Think about your Metro Parks on Election Day

On November 5, Cleveland Metroparks need your vote for what the Cleveland Plain Dealer identified as “one of this region’s greatest assets.”

With over 22,000 acres of walking trails, bike paths, nature reserves, community spaces, and a nationally acclaimed Zoo, Our Cleveland Metroparks have a significant impact on our community’s quality of life. Nearly 75% of area residents visit Cleveland Metroparks annually.

Cleveland Metroparks has shown their commitment to Northeast Ohio bicyclists with events and programs to make riding on the Metroparks roadways safer, and committing to over 24 miles of mountain biking trails in 2014.

The last levy passed in 2004. Our Parks Are Worth It and the November levy will protect our Emerald Necklace. Please help us spread the word about this issue and why Our Cleveland Metroparks need your support!

Metro Parks, Serving Summit County is also seeking approval for a renewal levy. Voting YES on Issue 2 will provide funding for continued operation and maintenance of 14 parks and 125 miles of trails, including the Bike & Hike Trail, the Freedom Trail, and the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

In 2012, Summit County became the first county of the four that the Towpath Trail runs through to have the trail completed within the length of the county. Work has just begun on the first mountain biking trail in the Metro Parks system, at Hampton Hills Park.

These two great parks organizations are an asset to cyclists and everyone in the region, and we feel they are worth our support!

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