Sunday, July 23, 2017

From Summa to Summacare: A Walk Down East Market

The walk highlights the potential for economic development and transformation in Middlebury, leveraging the proximity to regional anchors like Summa and Goodyear.

What: Transformation in Middlebury
Date: Saturday, Friday July 28, 2017
Start time: 4 pm
End time: 5:30pm
Led by: Kyle Julien
Meeting location: The Well (Compass Coffee) parking lot
Accessibility: We will be walking on Market Street, so crosswalks are a challenge, and there are some poor sections of sidewalk concrete; pets will be okay if they don’t plan on coming in to Compass Coffee afterward.
Parking: The Well (Compass Coffee)

Route: 1. Meet in the parking lot behind The Well 647 E. Market St. 2. Board trolley. Trolley to the East End; trolley deposits everyone at Goodyear Hall 3. Walk west on Market Street, to the Kohl YMCA 4. Double back to the Well/Compass Coffee 5. Reflection and conversation at the Well (5:30pm)

Akron’s neighborhood of Middlebury has a rich history and its neighbors and organizations are working together to build a stronger community.

From Summa to Summacare: A Walk Down East Market
The walk highlights the potential for economic development and transformation in Middlebury, leveraging the proximity to regional anchors like Summa and Goodyear. In partnership with the Akron Art Museum and its Inside|Out community activated art project, The Neighborhood Network of University Park, and the East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation, reproductions of iconic artworks from the museum’s collection have been installed along the walking path and in key locations to help augment the conversation for what your community can become. Join us for A Walk Down East Market, learn about the Inside|Out artworks along the way, and converse with neighbors about what you envision about your community to help shape its future.

Can’t make the walking tour but still want to be involved? You can view the 10 artworks and their Middlebury locations online via the Inside|Out Online Tour App and visit them in person at your leisure. Artworks will be up through October 31, 2017. https://insideoutakron.toursphere.com

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Parks on the West Side

Starting at Hardesty Park, Akron's Planning and Urban Development Director Jason Segedy will lead participants on a tour of parks in Wallhaven and West Akron. What role do these green spaces play in Akron?

What: Parks of Wallhaven and West Akron Walking Tour
Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Start time: 11:00am
End time: 1:00 pm
Led by: Jason Segedy
Meeting location: Hardesty Park, 1615 W Market St, Akron, OH 44313
Accessibility: bike friendly, strollers welcomed, pets welcomed, kid friendly, wheelchair accessible
Parking: 1615 W Market St, Akron, OH 44313

Route:
1. Start at Hardesty Park
2. Head south through Wallhaven toward West Akron
3. Reach Forest Lodge
4. Head to Schneider Park (West Akron)
5. Return to Hardesty

With the theme being parks and how to activate them.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

LODO Akron



What: Lower Downtown Walking Tour
Date: Friday June 9, 2017
Start time: 5:00pm
End time: 7:00pm
Led by: 91.3 The Summit
Meeting location: Conrad C. Ott Building at 65 Steiner St.
Accessibility: bike friendly, strollers welcomed, pets welcomed, kid friendly, wheelchair accessible
Parking: Conrad Ott Building

Route:
Conrad C.Ott Building (formerly the Miller School - 100+ year old beautiful, historic building)
—The Verge Building (1957 Firestone Bank building)
—The Triangle Building (former Bridgestone/Firestone tire-manufacturing complex)
—SAALFIELD Square (locally owned/hundreds of thousands of space for rent)
—Concert

Monday, April 10, 2017

May 5, 2017: How the Canals Created Akron



Mr. Denny Reiser, well known for leading his history, nature, and flower walks for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Summit County Metro Parks, and the Cascade Locks Park Association, will lead you back in time from when the Ohio & Erie Canal was in its infancy, up until the great flood of 1913 which was the end of the Canal's function and use. The Canal is said to have been the main reason Akron exists, as there were so many locks in such a short distance that travelers got off their boat while it made it's way through the many locks, spending a day or longer along this area. You will learn about the canal, the mill race, as well as the many mills and furnaces along the mill race. You will learn about the industrial and commercial history of Akron, and what life was like in the 1800's in Akron.

What: How the Canals Created Akron Walking Tour
Date: Friday May 5, 2017
Start time: 5:30pm
End time: 6:30pm
Led by: Cascade Locks Park Association
Meeting location: Cascade Valley Park / Mustill Store 248 Ferndale St, Akron, OH 44304
Accessibility: bike friendly, strollers welcomed, pets welcomed, kid friendly, wheelchair accessible
Parking: Cascade Valley Park Trial Head parking lot off of North St. There is also plenty of street parking on North St.

Route:
The Mustill family house and the Mustill Store and Museum
The Schumacher Mill Wheel site
The mill race tunnel entrance that goes underground south of the mill site and comes out into the Little Cuyahoga River
Lock 14 trail head Towpath connector at the Beech Street Trailhead
The powerhouse foundation at Beech St. Cascade Lofts & the new canal bridge to the planned Cascade Village loop trail.


Monday, March 27, 2017

April 22, 2017: Goosetown Walking Tour



Starting and ending at Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., the Goosetown walk will investigate where many German immigrants settled in the 1800s. We'll walk Grant and Sumner Streets, crossing the interstate by way of the roundabout pedestrian crossing, providing a clear example of the impact of how the interstates divide neighborhoods. Anyone who wants, can join us for a couple beers at Thirsty Dog. 

What: Goosetown Walk
When: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Start time: 1:00 pm
End time: 3:00pm
Led by: Mary O'Connor
Meeting location: Outside the front of Thirsty Dog Brewing, Co., 529 Grant St, Akron, OH 44311
Accessibility: stroller, wheelchair, and kid friendly. Busy streets but there are sidewalks. Parking: Parking is available at Thirsty Dog Brewing, Co. and on McCoy St. (along the street and Thirsty Dog parking lot on McCoy).

Monday, March 6, 2017

March 18, 2017: Downtown to Campus Walking Tour



What: Downtown Akron to University of Akron Campus Walk
When: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Start time: 1:00 pm
End time: 3:00pm
Led by: Shammas Malik and Willy Kollman
Meeting location: National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM Middle School 199 S. Broadway St.
Akron, OH 44308
Accessibility: stroller, wheelchair, and kid friendly. Busy streets but there are sidewalks.
Parking: Parking will be available at the Morley Parking Deck next to the STEM School.


Route:
Starting at the National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM School with Shammas Malik, we'll walk down University Avenue, across the dividing train tracks, toward E.J. Thomas, ultimately climbing the Polymer Building on the UA campus with tour guide and Alumni Director Willy Kollman. From there, we'll head to Buchtel Commons and learn a little about the campus' past as we take in the statue of John Buchtel before entering Buchtel Hall to learn a little more about the school's history. We'll eventually head back to downtown, showing that the campus and city are not so separate after all.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February 24, 2017: Greystone and Quaker Square Walking Tour



In honor of its 100th year, join us as we explore six floors of hidden splendor of what once housed meetings and celebrations of Akron's Freemasons. Whether it's the Egyptian tour, the theater, or the intricate workmanship of the tiniest details, Greystone is sure to impress.

A block away stands the old factory of Quaker Oats. Quaker Square, built in 1886, once housed the production facilities for the cereal maker, but was repurposed after Quaker moved in 1970. The building is a shadow of its former self, which once included restaurants and bars and thriving shops—a peek into some of the forgotten establishments will be included on this tour.

The Quaker Square portion will be a teaser with the bulk of the tour winding through Greystone Hall.

What: Greystone and Quaker Square Walking Tour
When: Friday February 24, 2017
Start time: 5:00 pm
End time: 7:00pm
Led by: Michelle Wilson, Mike Szcusukowski
Meeting location: Quaker Square 135 South Broadway, Akron 44308. Meet in the main entrance of the Quaker Square Hotel
Accessibility: For those unable to take the stairs, there are elevators available to take you to each floor in Greystone.
Parking: Free Parking will be available at the Quaker Square parking lot.


Route:
Quaker Square
Greystone Hall