By BRIAN HAYCHER
There are a number of parks in northeast Ohio, offering a wide variety of amenities.
Ashtabula County Metroparks currently operates ten parks in the county.
Ashtabula Metroparks Administrator Antionette Swegheimer said Ashtabula County Metroparks plans to open two new parks soon.
Swegheimer said Ashtabula County Metroparks is working to add self-guided programs to parks.
Some of those programs include wildflower scavenger hunts and self-guided bike tours, she said.
“We’re hoping to do a little more, in terms of some guided programs,” Swegheimer said.
Many Metroparks in Ashtabula County have paved and primitive trails, as well as fishing and picnicking opportunities.
Red Brook Metropark, located on the site of a former golf course, has a one-mile loop of paved trail, as well as a wide primitive trail. Harpersfield Covered Bridge Metropark, located along the Grand River, has a paved trail and is a popular fishing spot.
Metroparks of Trumbull County operates six parks, including three that provide access to the Mahoning River water trail, said Zachary Svette, executive director of Metroparks of Trumbull County. Two of the trails with paddle access also have small walking paths, he said.
Clarence Darrow Metropark has an 18-hole disc golf course and also has a clubhouse that can be booked, Svette said.
Lake County Metroparks maintains a number of parks.
These include Lake Metroparks Farmpark, Penitentiary Glen Reservation and Adventure Play at Jordan Creek Park, according to information from Lake Metroparks social media and public relations manager John Venen.
Lake Metroparks Farmpark is a working farm and education center in Kirtland that seeks to help people understand where food and clothing come from, according to information from Venen.
The Glen Penitentiary has 13 km of hiking trails and an outdoor play area for children. Seasonal art exhibitions and amateur photography exhibitions are held in the park.
Adventure Play at Jordan Creek Park focuses on engaging children and uses creative and imaginative play to do so. The park contains a zipline, lookout towers, and other areas to play.
The Lake County Metroparks offer biking, cross-country skiing, hiking and other activities, according to their website.
The Geauga Park District operates 27 parks, with more than 70 miles of trails and available activities such as biking, camping, geocaching, picnicking and sledding, according to the district’s website.
Additional information about specific parks can be found on the organizations web pages. Location information for Ashtabula County Metroparks can be found at ashtabulametroparks.com, Location information for Geauga Park District can be found at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org, Location information for Metroparks in Ashtabula County Lake can be found at www.lakemetroparks.com and information about Trumbull County Metroparks can be found at trumbullmetroparks.org.