In the early years of the twentieth century, when technological advancements like the Model-T were changing the nature of the American landscape and the assembly line was impacting workers’ leisure activities, individuals with remarkable foresight began the process of creating natural havens for the “comfort and welfare of the citizens.” In 1921, the Akron Metropolitan Park District was created. Since its founding ninety years ago, Metro Parks, Serving Summit County has grown into one of the larger and more popular metropolitan park districts in the nation.
The story of Metro Parks, Serving Summit County is not only a history of the park district’s growth and a story of the diverse flora and fauna of the region; it is a chronicle of the vast array of people who enjoy and oversee the outdoor refuge. Author Sarah Vradenburg spent over four years researching the park district’s history, interviewing visitors and hiking with current and former employees. Steps in Time is truly a people-oriented account of the land that is vital to the well-being of the area.