|Do you know where to go sledding in the Akron area? Located in the North Akron, Cascade Valley's Oxbow area also attracts westside residents.|
The Best Sledding in the Akron Area
by Joanna Wilson
Even though we are already half way through winter, there is more snow in our immediate forecast. The surest way I know to endure a long winter in Akron is to surrender to its charms--and sledding is my favorite winter activity!
|I'm not kidding! I love to go sledding. This is me, last week, on my way down the hill at Cascade Valley. Sledding is NOT just for the kiddies!|
I'm still a little surprised when I hear people (or see people commenting on facebook) that they don't know where to go for the best sledding in The Empire. Might I suggest turning to one of our best local resources: The Metro Parks, Serving Summit County? Many of the specially designated sledding hills in The Metro Parks offer restrooms, fire pits, lighted hills for after-dark sledding, and plenty of parking. The Metro Parks website has a graphic that lists which of their parks offers the various winter sports/activities (including ice skating, cross-country skiing, sledding, and winter hiking) and which sledding hills include lights for after-dark sledding. Click HERE to see that graphic.
|Between runs down the hill, warm the young ones' hands by the fire! This is the fire pit at Cascade Valley.|
|Please encourage your children to read the signs and pay attention to their own and others' safety.|
The Metro Parks, Serving Summit County have sledding hills in many locations including:
Cascade Valley-Oxbow Area
Firestone Metro Park
Furnace Run (in Richfield)
|One of the more impressive hills is at Goodyear Heights on the city's east side (Newton Rd). It also offers lights for sledding at night!|
As we attempt to survive this year's long winter, let's do it with some fun and excitement. Grab a sled, tobaggan, inner-tube, plastic disc, or a sheet of plastic and hit the hill running! Where do you go sledding? What other snow-filled activities keep you busy during the winter?
The Metro Parks, Serving Summit County website
The Metro Parks on facebook
*each of the parks also have their own facebook page
or call the Parks' seasonal hotline for information: 330-865-8060
The Metro Parks on twitter: @metro_parks