Recreation is on the GO!

busIt’s time to explore Akron!  Just because our activities don’t have a place to call home, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be exploring there.  Let’s get out and see what out city has to offer - restaurants and parks and playgrounds and trails all over Summit County are waiting for you.

Recreation Is On The GO!

Campfire Series

Join us every quarter for fellowship and fun while gathering around the fire. Each season, we will host a fun activity at a variety of locations as an opportunity to create new friends or re-connect with an old one.

Upcoming Campfire Series dates:  TBA

Recent events:
Our first Campfire event of 2024 was held at the Lock 3 skating rink in February.  Colleen and friends laced up and enjoyed some free ice skating and a good old fashioned campfire thanks to the staff at Lock 3.  It was a perfect night to get out for some frolicking in the fresh air.  Thanks to everyone who came down to join us!
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Full Moon Walks

What a beautiful sight it is to see the full moon peeking over the horizon!

Join the Recreation staff each month as we explore different trails and walking paths to find the best view of the majestic moon.  Walks will take place on or near the full moon cycle.

Transportation is not provided and there is no charge.

Upcoming walks:

Thursday June 20 - Ellet Community Center (2449 Wedgewood Dr., Akron) at 8:00 PM - Join Dorie and a guide from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park as we explore Hyre Trail and surrounding area...and hopefully we get a peek at the Strawberry Moon!  Learn about the history of the trail and some of the animals that live there. Bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes as this is a walk in the woods. 

Saturday July 21 - The Gorge Metro Park Dam (1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls) at 8:15 PM - Let's check out the Gorge Metro Park Dam.  Join Dorie to explore some of the trail and then head down to the dam. This walk will include a lot of stairs! Hopefully we will see the Buck Full Moon when we are done. Hope to see you there! 

Stay tuned for details on our upcoming walks (on or around the dates listed):

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Leisure Riders

Riding a bicycle is a fun, healthy, low impact form of exercise that people of all ages can do!leisure bike ride  With the efforts of making Akron a bike friendly city, we would like to introduce the Leisure Riders.  Join Colleen on a weekend bike ride throughout various trails and paths in Akron.  We will be choosing different trails to explore on the second Saturday of each month from May- October (weather permitting).  Each outing is a pre-determined route that will allow you the opportunity to ride with old friends or create new riding buddies.

This will be a fun ride with stops for photos, drinks and snacks.  Our trails are full of so many beautiful and interesting sites to see.  Starting points will vary month in order to check out a new path or create our own.  No preregistration needed and all expenses are on your own.  Come explore with us!  Bring your own bicycle.

2024 Schedule - rides will be from 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM (unless otherwise noted

Saturday July 13 - TBD

Saturday August 10 - TBD

Saturday September 14 - TBD

Saturday October 12 - TBD

"Let's Do" Trips

The “Let’s Do” series offers monthly opportunities to jump on the Recreation bus and explore different avenues of greater Akron.  Sometimes we shop, sometimes we eat, and sometimes we just hang out with an old friend or connect with a new friend!

Pick-up and departure locations will vary from each community center and pre-registration is necessary.  Space is limited.

Cost ranges from $0-$5 per trip.
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Next events (space is limited so sign up soon) - Register here for a trip

Let's Walk & Talk series - Wednesdays at 9:00 AM at Ellet Community Center (2449 Wedgewood Dr. Akron)
.  Walking as a group is a fun way to get your steps in with the bonus of great conversation and friendship!  Walks will be approximately 45 minutes long along Hyre Trail and no registration is needed (unless otherwise noted next to the date).  Trail terrain is non-paved with some hills and steps.
  • April 3 - walk to Molly Brown (518 Canton Rd., Akron) for breakfast, all costs on your own
  • April 10 - walk the Hyre Trail
  • April 17 - pre-registration required - see Let's Do Thrifting description
  • April 24 - walk the Hyre Trail
  • May 1 - pre-registration required - see Let's Do pre-Cinco de Mayo description
  • May 8 - walk the Hyre Trail
  • May 15 - walk to The Lamp Post restaurant (2146 E. Market St., Akron) for breakfast, all costs on your own
  • May 22 - walk the Hyre Trail
  • May 29 - pre-registration required - see Let's Do Rolling Green description

Let's Do Some Singing - Friday May 17 at 6:30 PM Presidents Lounge (341 Darrow Rd. Akron)

Have you always wanted to sing Karaoke but didn't know where to go? Well, now is your big chance to be a star! It doesn't matter if you can sing or not, this is all for fun. Don't want to sing solo? I'm sure we can find someone to join you. Come alone or bring some friends ,you'll be glad you did. 
There is not a kitchen at the Presidents Lounge but you can order from Leonardos Pizza across the street and have it delivered.  This is a self drive event and open to everyone.  All costs are on your own. 

Let's Do Northside Marketplace - Saturday May 18 - Come explore local, small businesses while we shop, eat and chill at Northside Marketplace. We will depart at 3:00 PM from Ellet Community Center (2449 Wedgewood Dr., Akron). This afternoon getaway is a wonderful relaxing trip discovering all the numerous treasures that the Marketplace has to offer. We will enjoy dinner at Nomz and then venture to the Northside Speakeasy. All expenses on your own.  You must register on RecDesk, space is limited.  This is a fun Saturday event full of good times making new friends.  We will return around 7:00 PM.

 Let's Do Kenmore - Saturday June 22 - Meet up with Dorie and Sean Blake as we explore all that Kenmore has to offer. Meet at Kenmore Community Center (880 Kenmore Blvd., Akron) at 2:00 PM and plan on walking the Boulevard.  We will check out all the new businesses and find out what the future holds for Kenmore. There are recording studios, instrument shops and live music venues, plus coffee and tea shops along the way. This is an interesting and fun way to spend the afternoon.  Any expenses will be on your own and no transportation will be provided.  This is a walking event and may take up to 2 hours. 

Lock Bottom Social Group

The Lock Bottom Social Group is open to anyone that likes good food, music and great conversation!

  • Every Wednesday evening starting in June and running until August, the group will meet at a designated downtown restaurant between 5:00 - 7:00 PM for some social time.
  • Make your way to Cascade Plaza (1 W. Mill St., Akron) where we will enjoy some of Akron's best bands for LIVE and LOCAL. Music will be from 7:00 - 9:00 PM.
  • This is a casual come and go as you are available. We would love to see you. This is a way to help support our downtown area restaurants and Akron programing.
  • Come alone or bring some friends - everyone welcome
  • No registration required. All expenses are on your own.

We are looking forward to next year’s season for Lock Bottom Social Group!
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