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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 (9/15/2020)

  • Playgrounds opened 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.

  • Field permits are being issued.
  • Outdoor tennis courts are open.
  • Outdoor pools and splash pads are closed for the season.  Thanks for a great summer!
  • The City is currently working on a safe reopening plan for the Community Centers and will reopen soon for limited programming. Safety guidelines will be posted soon.
  • Balch Street Fitness Center is open for members only.
  • 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. 


City parks remain open for outdoor recreation, like walking or jogging. Additionally, all outdoor basketball hoops will be restored to City of Akron courts by the end of September. In following recommendations from state and local health officials, the City encourages maintaining a safe social distance while using any equipment. If you are sick, please stay home. Equipment is not regularly disinfected so it is to be used at players’ own discretion and risk.


“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



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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