2016 Portage Park District Events

May 15    1:00-4:00pm   Fun & Fitness Day

Bring the Kids to the Garrettsville Village Park for Fun & Fitness Day with free activities

1pm-Safety Presentation

2pm-Ronald McDonald Show

2:45pm- 1 mile hike on the Headwaters Trail with Park District Staff

Garrettsville Village Park

10482 South St. Garrettsville, OH 44231


May 17   6:30pm  Wild Hikes Challenge Presentation

Stop at the Reed Memorial Library to get information about our Wild Hikes Challenge Program-Learn how to get fit and enjoy the beauty of Portage County!

Reed Memorial Library Basement Meeting Room

167 E. Main St. Ravenna, OH 44266


May 20-22 Bike & Pedestrian Count Project

Help the Portage Park District count our trail users.  Sign up to Volunteer at various trail sites in Portage County.  Contact us at info@portageparkdistrict or 330-297-7728 to help out!


June 10  3:00-4:00pm Towner’s Woods Hike to the Hopewell Mound

Celebrate the Ohio Chautauqua this year in Portage County-Take a hike with us at Towner’s Woods in Kent to the Towner Mound & learn about Hopewell Indian Culture. For other Chautauqua events this week, check the website. Towner’s Woods Park 2264 Ravenna Rd. Kent, OH 44240


June 11  8:30am Portage Trail Walkers Hike: Franklin Connector

Join the Portage Trail Walkers on a Hike from the Franklin Connector Trailhead in Franklin Township heading west.  The walk is up to 5 miles round trip, or turn around at Spell Rd. for a 2.6 mile round trip.

Meet at the PORTAGE Hike & Bike Trail Franklin Connector Trailhead

Corner of Hudson and Judson Rd. in Franklin Township, Portage County

Call Larry Thomas for Information: 330-673-6896


June 18  7:15-9:15pm  Portage Trail Walkers Berlin Lake Trail Moonlight Walk

Join the Portage Trail Walkers for a moonlit hike on the Berlin Lake Trail.  4.5 mile round trip.

Kirkbride Rd. Trailhead off of Route 14 in Deerfield Township, Portage County

Call Larry Thomas for Information: 330-673-6896


July 2   8:30am  Portage Trail Walkers Hike: PORTAGE Hike & Bike Trail

Join the Portage Trail Walkers on a Hike from the Cleveland Rd. Trailhead to Peck Rd. in Ravenna.  5 mile round trip.

Meet at the PORTAGE Hike & Bike Trail Cleveland Rd. Trailhead, across from480 Cleveland Rd., Ravenna.

Call Larry Thomas for Information: 330-673-6896


July 9   8:30am   Portage Trail Walkers Hike: Headwaters Trail

Join the Portage Trail Walkers on a Hike from Buchert Park in Mantua to Asbury Rd. in Hiram Township.  6.7 mile round trip.

Meet at Buchert Park on High St. in Mantua.

Call Larry Thomas for Information: 330-673-6896


July 16 8:00am-12:00pm   Headwaters Adventure Race

Run, Pedal & Paddle for Trails & Watershed Conservation!  Register and join us for this exciting adventure race that begins and ends in Mantua Village Park.  For more info, go to www.portageparkdistrict.org/programs/recreation/


July 27 6:00-7:30 Portage Park District Info Session & Hike at the Portage County District Library

Learn about the Park District Master Plan and how to Exercise Your Mind through hiking and reading.

Portage County District Library 

10482 South St. Garrettsville, OH 44231
Sept. 24   National Public Lands Day
Come help the Portage Park District complete an outdoor cleanup or planting project-Contact us at 330-297-7728 or info@portageparkdistrict.org
Oct. 8      Towner’s Woods 40th Anniversary Celebration
Celebrate the heritage of our most popular park, Towner’s Woods.  More details about the event to follow!
Towner’s Woods Park 2264 Ravenna Rd. Kent, OH 44240


Look for us at these Portage County Community Events!


May 20-22    Bike & Pedestrian Counts-PORTAGE Hike & Bike Trail and Headwaters Trail locations

May 21         Camp Hi Canoe & Kayak Race-Camp Hi Canoe Livery, Hiram Township

July 2             Kent Heritage Festival-Downtown Kent

July 9             Art on the Hill-Downtown Mantua

Aug. 6&7       Sweet Corn Festival-Beckwith Orchards, Kent

Sept. 17         Ravenna Balloon-A-Fair Parade Float

Join Friends of the Crooked River for the River Rat Revelry!

Join Friends of the Crooked River for our annual gathering-the River Rat Revelry

Find out where we’ve been and what’s in store for the Cuyahoga River and its friends.
Sewers, Dams, WaterTrail, Programs and Projects.

When: Tuesday, April 19, 6 – 9 PM
Where: The Banquet Room – The Quirk Center
1201 Grant Avenue, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44223

All Things Cuyahoga River and City of Akron
Pat Gsellman, Program Manager
Akron Waterways Renewed

Music: The Cool Sounds of Paul Pira
Refreshments and Music: 6 PM
Program: 7 PM
Camaraderie: 8 PM
Bring your interest in the river and a dish to share

For more info:
Elaine Marsh

Reminder: Get your tickets for the Environmental Conservation Dinner!

Don’t forget to join us at the 18th Annual Portage County Environmental Conservation Awards Dinner on Sat. April 30th from 5:30-9:00pm at the Kent American Legion Hall 1945 Mogadore Rd. Kent, OH 44240

Purchase Tickets Here

Portage Park District Foundation Announces Award Winners

The 18th Annual Portage Environmental Conservation Awards Dinner will take place Saturday April 30th and will feature a reception with music, hors d’oeuvres featuring local foods, a buffet dinner, silent auction, and more.  The 2016 Portage County Environmental Conservation Award Winners to be honored at the event include:


John Gwinn—Stewardship

Fran Teresi—Environmental Education

The Socially Responsible Sweat Shop—Green Enterprise

Kent State University/University Architect—Green Building/Development

Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority—Green Building/Development

Charles and Marilyn Beckwith—Lifetime Achievement

Honor Roll for Land Conservation—Donald and Adriann Sampson; and Randy Bradley

Fundraising proceeds will benefit the Portage Park District Foundation, whose mission is to support the Park District’s critical work of conserving Portage County’s natural  heritage.

The dinner will be held April 30th at the Kent American Legion, 1945 Mogadore Road from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Register to attend or support the dinner by visiting our page here

Astronomy Event at Morgan Preserve March 12

Join our Sky Ranger Guy Gillespie to explore all that the spring sky has to offer!

We will take a “tour” of the solar system and its many constellations.

If you have your own telescope, bring it along to learn about best viewing practices and set up.

We will also learn how to make a pocket solar system.

Dress for the weather, bring snacks and a flashlight!

Morgan Preserve

ST RT 44 Shalersville

Sat. March 12, 2016    6:30pm