Category: Recreation

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.

Entrance to Grace Park, Akron, O.

Grace Park

Location across from Akron’s Union Station, Grace Park became a hotspot for political campaigns and “whistle stop” speeches. Rutherford B. Hayes, William H. Taft, William McKinley, and Theodore Roosevelt all gave speeches to large crowds at Grace Park.

Silver Lake Pavilion - Near Akron, Ohio

Silver Lake Park – Pavilion

Silver Lake Park was created originally as a picnicking and swimming area but quickly grew into an amusement park featuring animal exhibits, a roller coaster, sports facilities, a dance hall, and a hotel. In its prime, the Park received over 10,000 visitors per day.

Lakeside Park, Akron, Ohio

Lakeside Park

Positioned on the east shore of Summit Lake, Lakeside Park was opened in 1877 by the Akron Street Railway & Herdic Co. as a picnic grounds. The growth of Summit Beach Park eventually absorbed Lakeside Park.

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