Liberty Park Nature Center
The Liberty Park Nature Center is managed by Summit Metro Parks. The nearby shelter is an outdoor classroom and is not reservable. When not in use, small groups may use a maximum of two tables.The 100-acre recreation area is managed by the City of Twinsburg. It includes four ball fields, two soccer fields, a playground, a 0.5-acre dog park and an open-air picnic shelter. The shelter in that area is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Recreation areas in Liberty Park may be reserved by calling the City of Twinsburg at 330-963-8722.Long before Liberty Park was formed, humans in prehistory camped here, drank the clean, cold springs and hunted game. Upon European settlement, trees were cleared for farming, but maples were spared for their sweet sap.Today, the 3,000-acre Liberty Park harbors countless rare and endangered species, including Indiana bats, marsh wrens, ospreys and bald eagles. Other creatures seen here include beavers, long-tailed weasels, red-backed salamanders, wood frogs, painted turtles and numerous dragonflies and butterflies. Large trees exist on rock ledges and in wetlands within the conservation area, where fens and bogs are "protected" by poison sumac and swamp rose. In 2006, Liberty Park was designated as an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society.The park (the largest natural area managed by Summit Metro Parks) began as a result of a unique partnership between the City of Twinsburg and the park district. More than a decade before the nature center opened, Twinsburg residents passed a bond measure to purchase the Twinsburg Ledges Area. The city's intent was for the park district to manage the property. In 2014, Summit Metro Parks entered into another agreement, this time with the Ohio Division of Natural Resources, Ohio State Parks, to manage Tinkers Creek State Park and Tinkers Creek State Nature Preserve. The State properties are contiguous with Liberty Park's Pond Brook Conservation Area.