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

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

October 7, 2016: How the Ohio & Erie Canal Created Akron



Learn about the Industrial & Commercial History of Akron while enjoying the fall colors of the Cascade Valley. Denny Reiser, Bob Schneider, and  Guy Marentette, will lead small groups of 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 as it ascended and descended the Continental Divide, that travelers got off their boat while it made it's way through the many locks, spending a day or longer along this area, many never getting back on the boat they got off of, staying in Akron.

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 how the names Crosby, King, Perkins, Schumacher, and others shaped this city.


What: How the Ohio & Erie Canal created Akron
When: Friday October 7, 2016
Start time: 5:30pm
End time: 6:30pm with free time to explore the Shumacher Mill site in greater detail
Meeting location: Cascade Valley Park / Mustill Store 248 Ferndale St, Akron, OH 44304
Led by: Cascade Locks Park Association Education Committee with walk leaders Denny Reiser, Bob Schneider & Guy Marentette
Accessibility: bike friendly, strollers welcomed, pets welcomed, kid friendly, wheelchair accessible
Parking: Cascade Valley Park Trial Head parking lot off of W. North St. near N. Howard St.



Route:
Lock 15 at The Mustill homestead, the Mustill Store and Museum
Lock 14 at North St.
The Schumacher Mill site and the replica mill wheel
The mill race tunnel entrance that goes underground south of the mill site and comes out into the Little Cuyahoga River
Lock 13 & Lock 12
Railroad trestles
Beech Street Trailhead near the old power plant and the Northside Connector Trail
Howard Street & Beech St. near the Hotel Matthews Monument
Howard St. Under the Northside Connector
Schumacher Mill Site and the new Monarch Butterfly Way Station


A note from the organizer: 
We want to share our story with more people - our mission statement is to preserve, protect and promote the industrial, commercial and cultural heritage of the Cascade Locks Park along locks 10-16 of the Ohio & Erie Canal.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

August 30, 2016: Akron Urban Agriculture Walk

Photo: Chris Miller

Take a walking tour of The Akron Urban Agriculture Corridor in the Summit Lake neighborhood. 


What: Akron Urban Agriculture Walk
Led by: Ms. Julie of Ms. Julie's Kitchen, Lisa Nunn, Laura Urban
When: August 30, 2016
Start & end time: : The trolley will pick up at the following times: 5:00, 5:30, and 6:00 from the Summit Lake Community Center. Each tour will last about an hour. 
Meeting location: Summit Lake Community Center 
380 W Crosier St, Akron, OH 4431 
Parking: available at Summit Lake Community Center

Route
Summit Lake Community Center:  The trolley will pick up at the following times: 5:00, 5:30, and 6:00 
Miller Street Church and gardens 
South Street Ministries 
The original Let’s Grow Akron garden 
Downtown Laundromat 
Catholic Workers 
Miss Julie’s Gardens 
Urban Honey Bee 
Let’s Grow Akron high tunnel 
Return to Summit Lake Community Center where the Summit Lake Farmer's Market will be held until 7pm. 

This is an independently led walk. Click here to create, organize, and lead your own walk!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

August 13, 2016: Merriman Valley Walk



This walk will showcase the numerous small businesses that, for some, have been in the Valley for  over 20 years, as well as, reminding the community that the Merriman Valley is the Gateway to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

What: Merriman Valley Walk
Led by: Karen Zampell, Merriman Valley advocate
When:  August 13, 2016
Start time: 1:00 pm
End time: 2:00 pm
Meeting location: Weathervane Playhouse 1301 Weathervane Ln, Akron, OH 44313
Parking: Weathervane Playhouse parking lot 1301 Weathervane Ln, Akron, OH 44313
Accessibility: small sidewalks, busy streets


Route:
  • Weathervane Playhouse
  • The Merchant/Cousins
  • Barmacy/Bessay 
  • Hanna Asian Market/The Noisy Oyster 
  • Native American toting Canoe/Towpath Trail
  •  Parkwood Plaza I businesses 
  • Valley Centre Plaza businesses
  • Max Mcq's Plaza Parkwood Plaza II/Freshway Plaza 
  • Cedarwood Valley Office 
  • Park Liberty Commons Bell
A note from the organizer:

The Valley is a precious area geographically. The surrounding abundance of green space has something to offer everyone. The quaint Valley business area is charming with every amenity one needs on a day to day basis. 

This is an independently led walk. Click here to create, organize, and lead your own walk!