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Take the plunge at local pools, parks

7/10/2008 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Metro Parks, Serving Summit County offers two lake swimming areas, one at Silver Creek Metro Park in Norton, and the other at Munroe Falls Metro Park, shown above.
Photo courtesy of Metro Parks, Serving Summit County
GREATER AKRON — With several more weeks left of summer, there’s still plenty of time to get in a day or two of swimming fun.

Outdoor community pools are not plentiful in the Akron area, but there are places to go that don’t require membership.

Here’s a rundown of swimming pools, lakes and water parks in Akron and Northeast Ohio:

City of Akron

The Akron Recreation Bureau operates two outdoor swimming pools through Aug. 16.

Perkins Woods is located at 730 Perkins Drive in West Akron. It’s open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. for children’s swim (for those 15 and younger) and 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. for family swim, and Saturdays from 1 to 4:30 for open swim. Call (330) 375-2833.

Reservoir Park is located at 1735 Hillside Terrace in Goodyear Heights. It’s open Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. for children’s swim (for those 15 and younger) and 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. for family swim, and Fridays from 1 to 4:30 for open swim. Call (330) 375-2803.

Admission to both pools is free. Swimsuits must be worn. There is a changing area on site at both pools. Food cannot be brought in, but there are picnic areas outside the entrances.

Clay’s Park Resort

Celebrating its 60th year is Clay’s Park Resort, located at 13190 Patterson St. N.W. in North Lawrence, in neighboring Stark County. The park features a man-made sand-bottom swimming lake with diving boards, ring swings, ring pulley, barrel roll and children’s swimming area. There also are two 350-foot water slides. Through Aug. 18, the water park is open Mondays through Thursdays from noon to 7 p.m. and Fridays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. General admission is $7.50 Mondays through Fridays and $10.50 Saturdays and Sundays. An additional $1 for a Superticket allows the holder unlimited use of the swimming lake, water slides, paddle boats, white sand volleyball court, basketball court, Whiffle ball field and miniature golf. For more information, call (330) 854-6691 or go to www.clayspark.com.

Cuyahoga Falls

Water Works Family Aquatic Center features water slides, a lazy river and children’s water play area. Located at 2025 Munroe Falls Ave., Water Works is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Aug. 24. Admission fees for Cuyahoga Falls residents are $7 for ages 13 through 59, $5 for ages 3-12 and 60 and older, and free for children younger than 3. The cost is $12 for nonresident adults and $8 for nonresident children and seniors. Season passes are available. For more information, call (330) 971-8433 or go to www.cityofcf.com.

Cuyahoga Falls also maintains six supervised wading pools for children ages 9 and younger. The pools are located at Lions Park (641 Silverlake Ave.), Linden Park (241 Roanoke Ave.), Indian Mountain Park (1552 E. Bailey Road), Quirk Cultural Center (1201 Grant Ave.), Oak Park (2250 12th St.) and Valley Vista Park (2790 Valley Road). Pools are open every day through Aug. 24. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Swim diapers are required for children who are not toilet trained. Admission is free.

Geauga Lake’s Wildwater Kingdom

Geauga Lake Park may be gone, but the amusement park’s modern water park is here to stay. Located at the former site of Sea World in Aurora, Wildwater Kingdom boasts that it has Ohio’s tallest water slide (the 10-story Thunder Falls) as well as funnel slide Liquid Lightning. There’s also a wave pool and a water playground with activities for a range of ages and swim abilities. The park is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Aug. 24. Admission is $23.95 for ages 3 (and more than 48 inches tall) through 61, $11.95 for adults age 62 and older and children age 3 and older who are less than 48 inches tall, and free for children age 2 and younger. Parking is $5. The park is located at 1100 Squires Road. For more information, call (330) 562-8303 or go to www.wildwaterfun.com.

Lake Erie

The Great Lake to the north of Akron has many swimming areas. The most popular is Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor, about an hour’s drive from Akron. The park is known for its mile-long natural sand beach, the largest in the state. The beach area includes picnic areas with tables and grills as well as a playground. Restrooms and concessions are on site. The park is located at 9601 Headlands Road. For more information, call (216) 881-8141.

Cleveland Lakefront State Park, 8701 Lakeshore Blvd. N.E., is in the heart of Cleveland but also features swimming beaches at Edgewater Park and Euclid Beach. For more information, call (216) 881-8141.

Ledge Pool and Recreation Area

Part of the Cleveland MetroParks but located in Hinckley, Ledge Pool and Recreation Area features swimming, fishing, sand volleyball and picnicking. It is located in Hinckley Reservation at 1151 Ledge Road, west of State Road and east of Kellogg Road. Swimmers can enjoy the 80- by 100-foot heated, stainless steel pool ranging in depth from 2 feet to 5 feet. There also are tables and grills for picnicking and a basketball court and sand volleyball courts. Hours vary due to swimming lessons, but the pool usually is open from noon to 7 p.m. through Aug. 17. Admission is $4.50 for those older than 12, $3.50 for children ages 6-11 and free for those 5 and younger and 60 and older. For more information, call (330) 239-2911 or go to www.clemetparks.com/recreation/swimming/ledge.asp.

Medina City Parks

Memorial Park, 421 E. Homestead, features an outdoor pool open to all through Aug. 16. The pool is open every day from noon to 7 p.m. Admission is $3 but free for children younger than 3. Season passes also are available for Medina city residents and nonresidents. The city also maintains a “splash pad” wading fountain at Greenwood Park, 350 W. Sturbridge Drive, which is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Metro Parks, Serving Summit County

Metro Parks, Serving Summit County offers swimming at two sites during the summer.

Swimmers can take a plunge at Silver Creek Metro Park, 5000 Hametown Road in Norton, which features a sandy beach, changing area and concessions. Munroe Falls Metro Park, 521 S. River Road in Munroe Falls, also features a swimming area. Admission is $4 or $3 for ages 2-12. Swimming areas are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Aug. 24. Season passes may be purchased online at www.sum mitmetroparks.org at a cost of $30 for adults and teens and $15 for ages 2-12 and senior citizens. Rates for nonresidents of Summit County are $5 more. For more information, call (330) 867-5511.

Pioneer Waterland and Dry Fun Park

Located in Chardon, Pioneer features several waterslides, a 3-acre cement pool, lazy river and children’s water area. There also are paddle boats, miniature golf and batting cages. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends. Admission is $18.95 for those 40 inches and taller and free for those less than 40 inches. The price includes unlimited use of all attractions except go-carts. Parking is $3. The park is located at 10661 Kile Road. For more information, call (440) 285-0910 or go to www.pioneerwaterland.com.

Portage Lakes State Park

Portage Lakes State Park in southern Summit County offers a public swimming beach at Turkeyfoot Lake. The area is open from dawn to dusk and has no lifeguards. Admission is free. Rex Lake also has a swimming area for boaters. The park is located at 5031 Manchester Road. For more information, call (330) 644-2220.

Wadsworth Steiner Center

Featuring a water slide and children’s play area, the Steiner Center’s pool is open to nonresidents. The pool, located at 567 W. School Drive, opens daily at 12:30 p.m. and closes at 6:45 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 7:45 p.m. Fridays and 5:45 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free, and the cost is $4 for ages 3-17, $6 for adults and $5 for senior citizens age 60 and older. Call (330) 334-2509 for more information.

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