What’s with the name? Practically everyone long has reacted with degrees of puzzlement to the awkward combination of words, Metro Parks, Serving Summit County. Now Jane Bond, a former county judge, former University of Akron trustee and newly appointed park commissioner, has led the brief and popular revolution, the name slashed from five words to a more elegant three.
On Tuesday, the commissioners voted unanimously to adopt: Summit Metro Parks.
What deserves mention amid all the cheers is that the longer name hardly has held the park system back. It has been a success story, especially the past two decades. Consider the recent completion of the Towpath Trail in the county, the renovation of the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, the addition of Liberty Park to the north with its scenic sandstone ledges.
List what is distinctive about the Akron area, or what would be among the first things you would show a visitor, and Metro Parks ranks near the top, a reflection, in no small way, of strategically sound management. Those running the parks haven’t been discouraged operating under a cumbersome name.