Category: Recreation

Springfield Lake, Cottages at Sawyerwood, Springfield/Akron, Ohio

Springfield Lake – Sawyerwood Cottages

Weekend Getaway During the rapid growth of Akron’s rubber industry, Springfield Lake became a popular getaway resort. Summer cottages popped up at Sawyerwood and Lakemore. In the early 1900’s, the Springfield Lake Park was constructed.  It was briefly the largest amusement park in all of Ohio. Attractions included a merry-go-round, dodge-em cars, a roller coaster, a…

Summit Beach Park Midway, Akron, Ohio

Summit Beach Park – Midway

More than a century ago, on July 4th, 1917, Summit Beach Park opened its door for the first time. Akronites were drawn by rides like the park’s roller coaster, carousel and ferris wheel. But the park offered more than thrill rides, it also had a dance hall, penny arcade, boat launch and steamboat rides.

Goretz Hotel, Portage Lakes near Akron, Ohio

Groetz Hotel

Opened in 1891 by John B. Groetz (1866-1951), this late 19th-century hotel was a popular meeting place for famous politicians, businessmen, and athletes. Mark Hanna, the right-hand man of President McKinley, often dined here. Thomas Edison, a good friend of Harvey Firestone, was also a frequent visitors. Location: – Demolished – Portage Lakes Drive in Portage Lakes, Ohio.

Portage Country Club, Akron, Ohio

Portage Country Club

The Portage Country Club has long been an athletic and social center for Akron’s most prominent families. The second clubhouse (pictured here) was destroyed by fire in 1921. The new clubhouse opened in May 1923. Location: corner of Twin Oaks and Portage Path.

Oneida Trail - Wieland Grocery, Springfield Lake, Akron, Ohio

Springfield Lake – Oneida Trail

The area around Springfield Lake became a popular resort spot as Akron’s rubber industries boomed. The rapid success in Akron led to the construction of summer getaway cottages at the lake – some of which still exist today as full-time residences. One of the first entrepreneurs to see the potential of Springfield Lake was Carl Weiland. He established a…

Pavilion at Springfield Lake, near Akron, Ohio

Springfield Lake – Pavilion

At one time Springfield Lake Park was the largest amusement park in the State of Ohio. The amusement park hosted two coasters, a merry-go-round, swimming, boating, fishing and much more. A double-decked steamboat even cruised the lake complete with an orchestra and dancing. like many of the other lake parks in the region, Springfield Lake drew…

Springfield Lake, Akron, Ohio

Springfield Lake

Springfield Lake is located in the center of Springfield township. The lake is a glacially formed kettle lake created during the last iceage. Springfield Lake is one of the few natural lakes found in Ohio.

Lakeside, Akron, Ohio

Lakeside Park – Canoes

Flags are waving as visitors to Akron’s Lakeside Park enjoy a day of rest on the waters of Summit Lake. Lakeside was built by the Akron Street Railway & Herdic Co. in 1887. It was an attraction and picnic ground destination accessible by the railway. Lakeside would later be absorbed into Summit Beach Park.

Simon Perkins Monument at Grace Park

Simon Perkins Monument at Grace Park

“Colonel” Simon Perkins (1805–1887) was a businessman, farmer, state senator, and entrepreneur. He spent most of his life in Akron. The title “Colonel” was honorary; no records exist that show he served in the military. Col. Perkins’ father, General Simon Perkins (1771-1844) was an early settler, businessman, and surveyor of the Connecticut Western Reserve, which would later…

Pavilion and Merry-Go-Round, Lakeside Park, Akron, Ohio

Lakeside Park – Pavilion

Woman standing on the shore of Summit Lake at Lakeside Park. The Pavilion and merry-go-round are visible in the background. Lakeside Park was opened in 1877 by the Akron Street Railway & Herdic Co. The park, located on the eastern shore of Summit Lake, was a popular picnic destination. As Summit Beach Park’s popularity grew, it absorbed Lakeside Park.