Community Focus: The City of Twinsburg Offers Year-Round Family Fun

Community Focus: The City of Twinsburg Offers Year-Round Family Fun

Twinsburg offers plenty of opportunities for family activities. From traditional events to quality community resources for both visitors and residents, the Summit County suburb doubles up on charm and appeal for all.

Get Fit & Creative

The Twinsburg Community Center, Fitness Center, Senior Center and Water Park is managed by the city’s parks and recreation department, which offers a full calendar of seasonal and annual events for the family to enjoy year-round.

The fitness center hosts an indoor swimming pool, field house, aerobic room, weight room, spinning room, three basketball courts, and a personal training area. The center is dedicated to providing a safe, comfortable fitness and recreational environment for patrons of all skill levels.

Derek Schroeder, the city’s parks and recreation director, says the center is in its 16th year with one of the nicest indoor tracks for runners.

“It’s very affordable for what you receive,” he says. “Membership includes all of the aerobic classes. When you factor in (community members) receive classes and babysitting services, that’s a great deal. (The center) is a big asset to the city.”

The city’s community center hosts a variety of programming, including art, preschool and dance classes. It’s a great way for both new and long-time residents to visit and get to know others in the area.

Community members also can enjoy participating in the community theater, which is a self-supporting organization. The theater has workshops and live performances by community members.

Twinsburg also is home to several other fitness centers, including Gymnastics World of Twinsburg, located at 9085 Dutton Road, which is home to the training facility that features a variety of state-of-the-art gymnastics equipment.

 

Festivals and Events

The city’s unique events for all ages provide the community fun options throughout the year.

The Parks and Recreation Department boasts having naturalist Stanley Stine onsite to help community members of all ages learn about the natural history of Twinburg.

Stine hosts a variety of popular nature activities such as the Salamander & Frog Festival. This annual event has games, a coloring contest and more. Also, in March or early April, look for the all-ages outdoor program of Salamander Crossing Evenings. Participants at this spring hike will observe and hear the park’s amphibian friends.

For parents, Easter fun doesn’t have to be just for kids. The city provides an Adult Easter Egg Hunt for people 21 and older. The event (which is held at the Twinsburg Fitness Center) involves adults searching for numbered eggs, which are filled with not pennies or candy, but something a little more valuable.

“Every egg is numbered and corresponds with a gift card to a restaurant or game systems, TVs, etc. – (there’s a variety of different prizes) for this event,” Schroeder says.

The event, in its eighth year, has become a community favorite.

Rock the Park is a summer-long concert series that brings a variety of artists to the outdoor stage. Performances are held at the Perici Amphitheatre in Glen Chamberlin Park.

Both visitors and community members don’t want to miss the following annual events, which are hosted within the city.

Taste of Twinsburg (tasteoftwinsburg.com), which takes place in Twinsburg Township Square, combines a full day of food, drinks and fun from area restaurants. Visitors and residents can relish in a variety of different cuisines and fun entertainment for the entire family at this June 20 event.

Celebrating the “twins connection,” the 40th annual Twins Day Festival, which is held in the city, is put on by the Twins Day Festival Committee (twinsdays.org) There have been more than 2,000 sets of twins in attendance annually at the World’s Largest Gathering of Twins. The festival, which continues to add new events and entertainment for its twin attendees, will take place Aug. 7-9 this year. This year’s theme is “Twins Days: Times 2 Remember!”

 

Park Time

The city has an array of parks and trails for families to explore, including Birchwood Park, Glen Chamberlin Park, and Glen Meadow Park, which houses Tree Sparrow Trail that runs along Tinkers Creek. The city also boasts beautiful bridges and nature scenes at Center Valley East Park’s Old Hickory Trail and Center Valley Loop Trail.

Schroeder says Center Valley has a popular trail for anyone wanting to walk, run or bike and visit with the wildlife.

In fact, one of the ponds contains a floating dock where visitors stop to look at turtles and frogs inhabiting the water, he notes.

Summit Metro Parks’ 1,908-acre Liberty Park, located in Twinsburg, offers four ball fields, two soccer fields, a playground, a half-acre dog park and picnic shelter.

The city is also anticipating the opening of a new nature center at Liberty Park, from Summit Metro Parks.

Schroeder says it’s due to open in May and is the second nature center in the park system.

“This is a very unique partnership,” he says. “It’s going to attract visitors from all over.”

Highlights of the development and the 3,900-square-foot nature center include an amphitheater to capitalize on the sloping topography and provide an outdoor classroom for programs and events, as well as a gateway to the Ledges Trail that makes a connection between the building and footpath, according to Summit Metro Parks.

 

City Life

The city focuses on providing a system in which the schools and community are one. The Twinsburg City School district encompasses Twinsburg High School, R.B. Chamberlin Middle School, George G. Dodge Elementary School, Samuel Bissell Elementary School and Wilcox Primary School.

Children and adults can take advantage of the city’s library, which provides programming and other unique option, including chess club and chair yoga. The technologically savvy can download books, magazines and other digital media options with a library card from twinsburglibrary.org.

The Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce (twinsburgchamber.com), one of the oldest organizations in the community, was founded in 1921 with 12 members. Today, it has more than 260 active members who work to provide unique educational and networking opportunities.

To discover the city’s history, visit the Twinsburg Historical Society, founded in 1963 and located at 8996 Darrow Road.

The city’s amenities, parks and events has made Twinsburg a great destination.

 

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