Copley has actively pursued opportunities that increase the availability and convenience of access to public green space. Our core belief rests on the proposition that open space is a priceless resource that should be discovered and enjoyed by all.
Are you kayaking through the Everglades? Surprise! This beautiful stream with a lush tree canopy is located right here in Copley Township. Imagine someday hiking, biking, and kayaking through this landscape. Visit the Little Farms Active Recreational Plan to discover endless possibilities.
COPLEY TREE CANOPY
Copley Township is dedicated to the preservation of the tree canopy found in our area. The Department of Community and Economic Development is committed to this mission through the engagement of tree preservation activities found in residential and commercial development.
Copley Township, OH, was named a 2018 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. Copley achieved Tree City USA recognition for the first time by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. Copley is one of only four Township’s recognized as a Tree City USA in the state of Ohio.
Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants, and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits. More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.
The Little Farms Active Recreational Plan is a long-term project which was the byproduct of a local grant aimed at increasing access and improving walkability within the Township. The Little Farms Active Recreational Plan is designed to allow public access through off-road trails in addition to preserving land which can be used for stormwater retention, educational research, and wildlife conservancy efforts. The Township has actively participated with land assembly and partnered with nearby stakeholders such as the University of Akron to make this Plan a reality. The implementation of the Plan will result in future generations who reap the benefit of an ecologically rich and vibrant Little Farms area.
TRAILS & GREENWAYS PLAN
Connectivity is key. The Department of Community & Economic Development is dedicated to the pursuit of trails and greenways which connect Copley's residents to the community we live in. Through the use of a Trails & Greenways Committee and partnerships with residential and commercial developers, we will continue to build and implement practices that encourage connectivity in the Township.