Let’s open the gate at Akron Falls Park

Both local residents and visitors enjoy strolling through the picturesque Akron Falls Park in the summer months. And beautiful fall days are just as perfect for walking, jogging, biking or just relaxing. Unfortunately, there is no access to this beautiful park. The main entrance off Parkview in the Village of Akron has been closed since mid-September for work on the bridge, which was expected to be completed by mid-November. However, work stopped on the bridge weeks ago, the road at the hill remains closed and there is no way for anyone to access that portion of the park, or get to walk along the beautiful nature trail leading to the gorgeous falls.

Additionally, the entrance gate to the delightful Brooklyn Street portion of the park, off Buell Street in the village, was locked when the region was at its peak of picturesque autumn beauty. A new sign posted at that entrance notes winter hours until dusk. It’s not winter yet, but we still can’t enjoy our parks. Perhaps the Village of Akron should consider taking over its beautiful park and let the residents who help to keep it clean enjoy it, rather than depend on the county.

Mark Wilson