|Welcome to the New Akron!
Take a new look at one of Ohios most livable and interesting
cities. Take a look at Akron.
Akron is an international city, with residents from around
the world who add to the diversity and vitality of our community.
Business is flourishing in Greater Akron, and our future
holds even more promise with our newly designated Biomedical Corridor downtown. This
initiative puts Akron in the forefront of developing a new identity launched from its fine
reputation as innovators in medicine, biomedical research, materials handling and more.
Long an industrial and manufacturing giant, we will now
open our doors to businesses affiliated in just about every way with the field of health
care and biomedical research. Equally exciting will be the new downtown housing and
amenities created for the people who work at the three hospitals already located within
the biomedical corridor.
Downtown Akron also boasts a billion dollars of new
investments including the newly redesigned Akron Art Museum. COOP HIMMELB(L)AU's design
integrates a new 63,300 square-foot facility with the museum's existing 21,000
square-foot, 19th-century Renaissance revival building, which was originally constructed
as the City's downtown post office. The expansion is dramatic and has received worldwide
Add to this the family entertainment at Lock 3 Park
including the states largest outdoor ice skating rink, exciting new places to live
being developed Downtown, rock and roller Chrissie Hyndes new restaurant,
Vegeterranean, here in her hometown, other great places to dine and be entertained and
visitors will understand why Akron continues to be one of Ohios most rapidly
For more than 100 years, Akron was the rubber and tire
capital of the world, and we are now a center of research and advanced manufacturing,
polymer engineering and bio medical R&D. This is where every super-engineered tire for
the Indy 500 is assembled, and where the wheels of NASCAR are made.
Akron is also fertile ground for sports fans and
participants, and were proud of our standing in athletics for all ages. Sports
Illustrated picked Akrons 75 year old All-American Soap Box Derby as Ohios
best sports symbol. For 50 years, the Firestone Country Club has been home to world-class,
professional golf. We have a championship professional baseball team the Eastern
League Akron Aeros (AA Cleveland Indians) who play at the downtown jewel, Canal Park, and
we are proud of the world-class runners who come to our city for the Roadrunner Akron
Marathon every autumn. It now places as one of Americas premier races.
We also have wide-open spaces. Perched at the edge of the
Cuyahoga Valley National Parkalong the nearly 100-mile Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath
Trail that goes through the center of townis a cyclists paradise that puts
city-dwellers within a bicycle ride of Blossom Music Center, the summer home of the
With all of the exceptional educational opportunities,
diverse neighborhoods and ample offerings of arts, parks, and recreation, once you visit
Akron you may never want to leave.
Come home, to Akron.
Donald L. Plusquellic, Mayor