Harold Walker – In Memoriam

We say goodbye to another dedicated environmentalist and Portage Park District supporter this week, Harold Walker passed away on June 20. In Kent, he focused much of his energy on environmental causes. An active member of the Kent Environmental Council, he founded the Friday Morning Environmental Round Table, and was recently honored with the KEC Edith Chase Award for Conservation.

Harold Walker 

Edith Chase-In Memoriam

Edith Chase, a local scientist, environmentalist and Park Supporter passed away recently.  Mrs. Chase was a great contributor to the Portage Park District for many years and supported our mission of conservation and providing opportunities for people to enjoy the beauty of Portage County.

Edith Chase will be missed by many

Edith Chase


Summit Metro Parks Gorge Dam Public Meeting

Gorge Dam, What’s Next, A Public Meeting

Date:  June 27

Time:  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Place:  Natatorium of Cuyahoga Falls, 2345 Fourth Street, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221

A public meeting for interested stakeholders and members of the public.  The public will get an update on the status of the dam removal and learn about summer events related to the project.  Speakers will feature the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, its history, its benefits and its role in the Gorge Dam Removal.  In addition, a Cultural Resource Specialist from Summit Metro Parks will present stories concerning the history of the Gorge.  The public will get an update on the status of the dam removal and learn about summer events that feature issues related to the project.  Presenters will be available during the social hour that follows the program.

June Birding Programs

Join us to view local birds in Your Portage Parks!

Binoculars and Guidebooks available for use during the program

Contact us with questions: 330-297-7728

Sunday June 11 6:30pm  Evening Birding Program                                                              Towner’s Woods 2264 Ravenna Rd. Kent, OH

Sunday June 25 6:30pm  Evening Birding Program                                                                Morgan Park 8828 ST RT 44  Ravenna, OH

New Parks Commissioner Thomas Hrdy

Thomas Hrdy Appointed Park District Commissioner

The Portage Park District welcomes its newest Board member. Portage County Probate Court Judge Robert Berger recently appointed Thomas (Tom) Hrdy to the Portage Park District Board of Commissioners to serve a three year term effective April 20th.  Mr. Hrdy, a recently retired Portage County Department of Job & Family Services employee & licensed social worker spends his time in a private practice that provides services to defense based legal teams in Summit, Portage & surrounding counties.  Tom enjoys gardening, bee keeping, hiking and is an avid outdoorsman.  He is currently working on his doctorate at Kent State University in Justice Studies & Public Policy.

“Today more than ever our parks serve a purpose to enrich, enlighten, and empower us in this hectic electronic world we live in.  Take a moment to ponder and respect the beauty and wonderment that the outdoors and parks offer us and our need to keep the commitment to them, so that they are in a pristine condition for the generations that follow us.”