The Waters Park Renewal Society is celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Waters Park at 1 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 15.
Admission to the event is free, while Akron's Stray Dog Cart will provide hot dogs and other refreshments for sale. Frank Hyde Waters T-shirts, produced by North Hill's Yellow Jacket T-shirts, will be on sale for $10.
According to a recent article on the Akronist.com and the North Hill Akron website, The 7-acre park in North Akron was set into motion by Frank Hyde Waters, a prominent Akron prosecutor, in 1937. Waters had an affinity for nature and turned the land into a beautiful landscape. When he died, he donated his land for use as a tuberculosis clinic in memory of his wife and daughter. The park and playground uses were a contingency. Eventually, the city health commissioner officials decided to build out a park and playground.
David DiDomenico was tired of the recent public neglect of Waters Park, so he formed the Waters Park Renewal Society, and eventually got the city of Akron to help with the transformation. The park now hosts weekly events and still has an outdoor amphitheater that was used in the past for plays.
One of the Waters Park Renewal Society's primary goals is to restore the park's function as a playground. The group is on the lookout for sponsors to help fund this new playground.
Water's Park is located directly North of Downtown Akron, just over the Y-Bridge. Free Parking is available off Olive Street in the park's lot. Additional (paid) parking is available in the St. Thomas Hospital parking deck.
Visit www.facebook.com/watersparkakron for updates about the Waters Park Renewal Society.