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The Akron Recreation & Parks division offers quality of life activities for all of our area residents – the young and young at heart!  We offer active adult activities, sports for kids and adults, programs and classes at all of our community centers, events for the whole family to enjoy, and opportunities to connect in your neighborhood.  Find out all we have to offer and get involved today!

 

Why We Are Here:

Akron Recreation exists to enrich all lives, engage the community and empower the future.

 

Vision Statement:

Akron Recreation engages our diverse communities by being the leader in recreational activities in facilities, public spaces and venues throughout Northeast Ohio.

 

Mission Statement:

Akron Recreation provides fun, safe and affordable opportunities to enhance quality of life and encourage deeper connections with our community.

 

Brittany Schmoekel,  Manager
Recreation and Parks Administrative Office
220 South Balch Street
Akron, OH 44302
P: 330-375-2850
F: 330-375-2818
[email protected]
 


 

Recreation and Parks Newsletter

Recreation and Parks is still here for you and your family this summer.  Check out our summer newsletter for all of our updates.  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your lives in Akron!

 

COVID-19 Recreation and Parks Update (9/24/2020)

General Overview         

The City of Akron Recreation and Parks Division is excited to welcome back programming and visitors to our community centers.  The safety of our visitors and staff members is our highest priority.  We will have safety guidelines and procedures in place for all of our centers that are based on the guidance of the Ohio Department of Health’s Responsible Restart Ohio, the Summit County Public Health department, and City of Akron policies.

 

Keeping You Safe

Safety measures that we are implementing include:

  • Access to the facilities is limited to registered participants, scheduled programming, and staff. 
  • Programming will be limited.
  • Group sizes for programs and meetings are limited to 10 participants or less.
  • All visitors must sign in when entering the facility.
  • Staff will perform temperature checks on each visitor/participant when they arrive.
  • Face masks are required while in the facility.
  • Social distancing and maintaining at least six feet between individuals in all areas of the facility.
  • Stay home if you have a fever, are sick or not feeling well, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • If a visitor has a temperature or exhibits signs of illness, the visitor will not be permitted entrance to the facility.
  • Participants involved with City of Akron Recreation and Parks programs will need to review and sign the program waiver and health addendum waiver before participating.
  • Buildings may be closed for a short time period to disinfect properly between programming.
  • Community center spaces will be cleaned and sanitized by staff and custodial crews daily.

If you have any questions about specific programming, please contact your local Community Center for additional details.

 

Balch Street Fitness Center is open for members only.  Please call 330-375-2446 for membership information.

 

Outdoor Recreation

  • City parks remain open for outdoor activities like walking or jogging. 
  • Playgrounds opened to the public on June 10.  Please be advised that the City of Akron does not regularly clean or sanitize playground equipment. All individuals are encouraged to practice 6+ feet of physical distancing from those outside their household.  If you are feeling sick, please stay home.  Use at your own risk.
  • Tennis courts are open.
  • Field permits are being issued through the Sports division, 330-375-2855.
  • Basketball courts will be opened to the public at the end of September.  All individuals are encouraged to practice 6+ feet of physical distancing from those outside their household.  If you are feeling sick, please stay home.  Use at your own risk.
  • Shelter permits are not being issued this season.

For the most up-to-date information on the City of Akron’s proactive response to this virus, please visit www.akronohio.gov/COVID19

 


 

Thank you, Akron!

We heard you!  Thank you for taking the City of Akron Recreation Bureau Community Engagement survey.  We had an overwhelming response.  Your opinion matters! 

Here's an overview of the results.

 


 

 

To get all future updates about Akron events, classes, activities and more make sure to follow the City of Akron Recreation and Parks page.


 

 

 

 

The City of Akron is committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities are able to fully participate in public meetings and programs.  Anyone who is in need of an accommodation from the City's Parks and Recreation Department is invited to contact the department at (330) 375-2850, at least 48 hours in advance if possible, or at Ohio Relay (800) 750-0750 (TTY number).

 

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