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Summit Metroparks Adds 'Pop-Up' Nature Center As Part of Reimagining Summit Lake Project


Summit Metro Parks is experimenting with a new way to teach people about nature.

The district is opening a temporary nature center this week at Summit Lake’s community center in central Akron.

Metroparks’ outreach manager Demetrius Lambert-Falconer says it’s part of an effort to improve the lives of people living near Summit Lake.

“With this project we’re focusing on communicating better with the residents in the neighborhood versus masses of people that come from all over Summit County to those different programs but not necessarily the residents of Summit Lake.”

The ‘pop-up’ nature center is part of the $5 million Reimagining the Civic Commons project that’s targeting three Akron neighborhoods, including the Summit Lake area.

Summit Metro Parks is hosting a fishing derby this weekend and a kayak kickoff next week at Summit Lake in Akron.

Jeff St. Clair is the midday host for Ideastream Public Media.