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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]


COVID-19 Recreation and Parks Update (6/9/2020)

  • Playgrounds will open to the public on 6/10/2020.  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.

  • Summer Camps will be starting on June 15.
  • Field permits will be issued starting on June 15.
  • Outdoor tennis courts will be open starting on June 15.
  • Outdoor pools at Perkins Park and Reservoir Park will open on July 1.
  • Splash pads at Joy Park and Patterson Park will open on July 1.
  • Community Centers will remain closed to the general public until further notice.  This includes programming that would normally occur at the centers such as: fitness classes, active adult club meetings and activities, ward meetings, book clubs, card and game playing groups/events, open gyms, Late Night Basketball, room rentals, etc. The City will continue to evaluate reopening the community centers as the summer progresses. 
  • Balch Street Fitness Center will remain closed to the general public until further notice.
  • Until further notice, the rentable shelters at Chestnut Ridge, Hardesty Park, Heintz-Hillcrest, and Hyre Park will remain closed.


Food giveaways have continued in the community center parking lots throughout the City's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue outdoors until further notice. Additionally, the summer lunch program will continue at Akron Public School sites where they are currently serving grab and go meals. For Akron Public Summer Food Sites please visit here.


City parks remain open for outdoor recreation, like walking or jogging. Basketball courts remain closed as basketball is categorized as a contact sport under the State order and is not allowed currently.


“I am looking forward to being able to reopen some of our recreation resources to our residents in a limited and modified way,” said Mayor Dan Horrigan. “We want our community to be able to engage with each other and participate in their favorite activities again; but it is vitally important that we do so in a way that is safe for everyone involved. We will continue to count on our residents to follow best practices from our local and state health officials as we begin to offer more programming.”


“This is a moving target, and we are working to balance several important considerations that contribute to the health and wellbeing of our community. We ask for your patience as we continue to navigate this situation together.” 


For the most up-to-date information on the City of Akron’s proactive response to this virus, please visit



Colorful Summer

With summer in full swing, we need your family to join us in a new, colorful, creative way to brighten someone’s day! 

Each week, you will find a new coloring sheet you can download, print, and color at home. Then, just return it to an Akron Recreation community center (by mail, in person, or even by emailing a scanned image or photo) and we’ll distribute your work to local older adult communities. It’s an easy, safe, and creative way to keep this summer colorful! Coloring sheets may also be picked up at each community center in the manila envelope located outside the main entrance.

Click to download the weekly coloring sheet 



Summer Camp Registration is Open


Registration is now open for Summer Camps!  We look forward to welcoming campers at our community centers this summer.  We have one week camps and summer long camps available.  Sign up soon as space is limited.  The safety of our campers and staff members is our highest priority.  We will have safety guidelines and procedures in place for all of our camp sites 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.


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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