Picnic Groves

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Wingfoot Lake

Wingfoot Lake in Mogadore, named for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company’s logo—the winged shoe of Mercury—supplied water for Goodyear’s blimp factory that opened during World War I. Wingfoot Lake hosted many company employee outings in the several decades before becoming a state park, including picnics specifically for Black workers in the 1930s. Additional information coming […]

Happy Days Camp

Happy Days Camp was a youth camp and picnic ground constructed in Virginia Kendall Park between 1933 and 1938 by Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workers on Route 303 a mile west of Route 8 near Peninsula. In 1955 the Akron Chapter of the NAACP held a picnic there. Additional information coming soon.

Silver Lake Park

In July 1910, the Akron Beacon Journal ran an article under the sensational headline “Starts a Row; Shows Weapon.” The story opened with the account of a “colored damsel,” Retchel Park, who caused a commotion at the train station at Silver Lake Park, an amusement park on Silver Lake between Cuyahoga Falls and Stow, Ohio. […]

Chestnut Beach

Chestnut Beach hosted various organizations’ outings and offered outdoor recreation and dancing. In 1937, it hosted the “All Ohio-Pennsylvania Negro outing.” The precise location is unclear. It was described as being “reached via route 8 and route 526.” The latter highway, now defunct, ran from East Akron through Mogadore to Route 43 in Suffield Township. […]

Springfield Lake Park

Springfield Lake Park in Lakemore outside Akron was the site of African American organizational outings in the 1930s. Additional information coming soon. Resources “Seiberling, B-W, Eagles’ Outing Are Scheduled; All-Nations, Odd Fellows, Vets, Negro Picnics Planned for Week-End.” Akron Beacon Journal. August 26, 1933.

Pleasure Park

Pleasure Park, also known as Curry’s Farm, was a picnic ground and ballpark on Twinsburg Road just west of Route 91 in Twinsburg where various organizations held picnics and barbecues in the 1950s-60s. Pleasure Park gained notoriety in 1962 when auto garage operator and future Cleveland Ward 18 councilman James H. Boyd promoted an ill-starred […]

Slapnicka’s Grove

Slapnicka’s Grove was a picnic ground, dance pavilion, and amusement center located one half-mile north of Mason’s Farm on Cochran Road. It appeared in the Call & Post only as the site of a clam bake in 1946. Additional information coming soon.