Akron’s Summit Beach Park located on the shores of Summit Lake, provided Akronites with 40 years of recreation and entertainment before closing its gates for good in 1958.
The history of Summit Lake predates the glaciers that carved their way across this region in the last Ice Age. This massive urban lake sits almost 400 feet above Lake Erie.
It’s a busy day at Akron’s Summit Beach Park. Visitors take in the many amusements and attractions at the famed park on the shores of Summit Lake. – Summit Beach Park averaged 25,000 visitors a day at its peak.
A gift from Colonel Simon Perkins to the people of Akron, Grace Park (named for his wife) was one of two parks provided by Perkins. The other was Union Park.
Right in the heart of Akron was a lake and amusement park. No wonder it was so popular among Akronites, it was just a ten-minute ride from the center of Akron and within walking distance of 20,000 people!