Tuesday, April 26, 2016

June 9 and 11: Goodyear Heights Walk

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Join our expert guides to visit our neighborhood distinctive for its architecture, beauty and history. You will be enlightened, intrigued and excited to share your experience with others.

Option 1: Weekday Evening Walk
What: Historic Goodyear Heights
When: Thursday, June 9
Start time : 7:00 pm 
End time : 8:00 pm
Meeting location:  Malasia Park (intersection of Malasia Rd. & Emerson St.)

Option 2: Weekend Morning Walk
What: Historic Goodyear Heights
When: Saturday, June 11
Start time: 10:00 am 
End time: 11:00 am
Meeting location: Malasia Park (intersection of Malasia Rd. & Emerson St.) 

Route One: Led by Mark Schweitzer 
A more vigorous uphill route

  • Begin at the Southeast corner of Malasia Park (intersection of Malasia Rd. & Emerson St.)
  • Travel North on Malasia Step Path to Battery B Cross Battery B and continue on Step Path to Goodyear Blvd.
  • Cross Goodyear Blvd. and Continue on Step Path to Hillside Terrace
  • Continue on Hillside Terrace, cross Brittain Rd and continue on Hillside to Bingham Path Steps
  • Terrace down Steps to Bingham Path & Gazebo Park (Square) 
Note: This route takes the “East” steps all the way up from Malasia, across Goodyear Blvd and all the way up to Hillside Terrace. It offers nice views of different types of houses on the Boulevard (and Hillside, which has some unique houses) and provides a great perspective on how Warren Manning shaped the streets into the hilly terrain. It’s rigorous; about .5 mile long and pretty scenic. 

Route Two: Led by Mike Herhold
A more gentle walk on primarily flats surfaces

  • Begin at the Southeast corner of Malasia Park (intersection of Malasia Rd. & Emerson St.)
  • Take Malasia past Shady Springs Park to Ruckel
  • South on Ruckel to Preston
  • West on Preston to Shawnee Path
  • West on Shawnee Path to Pioneer
  • North on Pioneer to Goodyear Blvd and Gazebo Park (Square)

Note: This route is generally flatter and more accessible. There is a nice variety of housing on both sides of Brittain Rd., open spaces (Malasia Park, Shady Springs Park and an additional unnamed park at Shawnee Path & Pioneer. There is also an opportunity for a “Now & Then” photo op at Shawnee Path & Preston, where we have an image from 1914 to compare. 

Refreshments at the conclusion of the walk at Gazebo Park will be provided by the RIGHT Committee (Residents Improving Goodyear Heights Together)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

April 30: Firestone Park Inside/Out Tour

Experience art integrated into our daily life brought to you by the City of Akron and Akron Art Museum. This tour will visit all 10 of the Inside/Out locations in Firestone Park which include such iconic spots as St. Paul's Church, The Akron Racers Stadium, and Boardwalk Thrift. Firestone Park is a neighborhood in south Akron that was built in 1915 to house the employees of Firestone Tire and Rubber. It has a rich history and amazing parks that will be highlighted on this tour.

Round out the walk by celebrating the neighborhood with a party at the Akron Art Museum at 2pm with local foods and some awesome music.

What: Firestone Park Inside/Out Tour
When: April 30, 2016
Led by: Akron Art Museum and Rick Stockburger of Stockburger Solutions
Start time: 10:00am and 11:30am via trolley at Firestone Park Community Center 1480 Girard St, Akron, OH 44301
After party: Akron Art Museum (1 South High Street, Akron) 44308 at  1-3pm

View / download the Inside/Out map here.

This tour requires registration due to limited trolley seating. 

Register here for the 10:00 am tour

Register here for the 11:30 am tour.