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COVID-19 Recreation and Parks Update (5/26/2020)

  • 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.


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.


Summer Food Program Volunteering The summer Food Service Program (SFSP or the “summer meals program”) was created to connect children from low-income families to the crucial nutrition they need during the summer. The program was created more than 40 years ago to help children from low-income families get the healthy food they need during the summer months, when school is out. Local organizations like schools, recreation centers, YMCA, Boys & Girls clubs & Libraries run summer sites to feed and sometimes even offer enrichment opportunities for these children in high need areas.

With over 65 sites, we are requesting your help to staff a few of these sites. If interested, please let Lisa Boring know via email at [email protected]. Any help is appreciated!


2020 Summer Food Service Program Dates are June 15, 2020 - August 14, 2020. 

Text Summer Meals to 97779 to receive a list of available SFSP sites in your areas. This service is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and updated weekly. For verified information on approved sites, text the USDA number or call 1-866-3-HUNGRY (866-348-6479).

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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