First Public Splash Pad in Akron

Mayor Horrigan and City Leaders Celebrate
Posted on 07/09/2019
Image of Joy Park Splash PadMayor Horrigan and City leaders celebrated the groundbreaking for a new splash pad at Joy Park Community Center (825 Fuller St.). This splash pad will be the first public water spray park in Akron and represents the first step in a new era of investment in City of Akron Recreation.

Last year, the City began a process of surveying the community about the Akron Recreation Bureau and its offerings, ultimately receiving feedback from 1,500 households representing more than 3,100 customers. One major takeaway from the needs assessment was that residents love the City’s pools and want to see more water amenities. Akron is one of the only larger communities in Northeast Ohio without a public splash pad or spray park.

“Our residents should not need to travel outside our community to find the recreation offerings they need for their family,” Mayor Horrigan said at the event. “I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – public space is a public right. Parks and recreational offerings reduce crime, improve property values and strengthen connections among neighbors. Our children deserve safe, clean places to play, learn and grow, close to home.”

Ward 5 Councilwoman Tara Samples, who grew up in the neighborhood, also spoke of the importance of this new splash pad. “We are looking forward to cutting the ribbon soon and watching you guys go crazy!” Councilwoman Samples said to the smiling crowd of children from the Joy Park Community Center.

The Joy Park splash pad is being constructed by Daniel A. Terreri & Sons Inc. and is expected to be complete by the end of the summer. It will include more than 1,600 square feet of spray area, with eight different jets, sprinklers and bubblers. The water park will be fully ADA accessible and will use very little water compared to a swimming pool. The City is in the process of bidding a second splash park for Patterson Park, which will be ready for the 2020 season.

“Once these two splash parks are completed, we will have water amenities in the North, South, East and West of our city,” Council President Margo Sommerville said. “But that is just the beginning. We will be making significant investments in our two existing pools and working toward Mayor Horrigan’s goal of constructing a splash pad in every City ward. So stay tuned!”

Click here for photos of the Joy Park Splash Pad Groundbreaking event (photo credit to “City of Akron”).
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