Akron Parks and Recreation announces summer programming for 2022

AKRON, Ohio – Akron’s Parks and Recreation division is hosting a summer full of free and low cost programs for community members in the coming months.

The lineup includes the popular Akron Arts Expo and Taste of Akron events, along with summer camps, fitness classes, musical acts and more.

“The line-up of events and activities prepared for this summer offers something for all ages and interests,” Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said in a news release. “Whether you’re looking to cool off in a city pool, enjoy some live music, or bring your kids to camp, Recreation and Parks has something for you. These no-cost and low-cost programming options are so important to our residents, and we want to spread the word so everyone is aware of these awesome opportunities close to home. ”

Akron Arts Expo and Taste of Akron

The Akron Arts Expo is scheduled for July 23-24 at Hardesty Park. The expo features works by more than 100 juried artists. Taste of Akron, which offers food samples from local restaurants and food trucks, is set for July 21 at Hardesty Park.

Youth summer camps

Most of the city’s community centers will offer youth summer camps. The camps provide day-long care and hands-on experiences and range from week-long themed camps for $ 40 to eight-week camps for $ 250. For a complete list of camps or to register, visit the Akron Parks and Recreation division website.

Health and wellness classes

Free health and wellness classes will be offered at local parks throughout the summer. Fitness in the Parks will begin in June with classes led by Parks and Recreation fitness instructors. These classes include tai chi easy, Pilates and yoga at various locations. Leisure bike rides will be offered the first Friday of each month from July-October beginning at 6:30 pm Starting locations and routes will be announced on the Akron Parks and Recreation division website.


The city’s swimming pools will be free and open to the public from June 6 through Aug. 20. The city operates two outdoor swimming pools: Perkins Park (899 Diagonal Road) and Reservoir Park (1735 Hillside Terrace). There is no cost for entry, but visitors must register for a free open swim membership. Pools are open Mondays through Fridays from 1-7 pm and Saturdays from 1-5 pm Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the pool.

Concerts in the Parks

The city’s Concerts in the Parks series offers free concerts each weeknight at different city parks throughout summer. Cancelations due to weather will be posted on the Akron Parks and Recreation division website.

Concerts are scheduled for the first half of summer from June 6 through July 1 from 7-9 pm The lineup is:

  • Mondays: Hardesty Park (1615 W. Market St.)
  • Tuesdays: Firestone Park Community Center (1480 Girard St.)
  • Wednesdays: Shadyside Park (1240 Kenmore Blvd.)
  • Thursdays: Patterson Park (800 Patterson Ave.)
  • Fridays: Reservoir Park (1735 Hillside Terrace)

Concerts are planned for the second half of summer from July 5 through Aug. 5 from 7-9 pm The schedule includes:

  • Mondays: Lawton Street Community Center (1225 Lawton St.)
  • Tuesdays: Joy Park Community Center (825 Fuller St.)
  • Wednesdays: Summit Lake Community Center (380 Crosier St.)
  • Thursdays: Balch Street Fitness Center (220 S. Balch St.)
  • Fridays: Ellet Community Center (2449 Wedgewood Dr.)

On Friday, Aug. 12, the NEO Jazz Orchestra will perform at Forest Lodge Park.

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