100 Days of Summer: Day 38- Picnic at Ohio’s Newest State Park

COLUMBUS, OH – As of August 27, families and groups can enjoy the spacious picnic shelters at Wingfoot Lake State Park near Akron, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).  Reservations for the shelters will be taken beginning August 18 at 7 a.m.

Wingfoot Lake, Ohio’s newest state park, will be open to the public on Friday, August 27, following a public dedication ceremony scheduled for Thursday, August 26. The park is ideally suited to family outings, reunions and outdoor receptions, church and civic club gatherings, scout functions, and other outdoor events.

“Our staff and volunteers have been working hard to get the park ready to welcome visitors,” said John Hunter, Ohio State Parks acting chief. “There has been a great deal of public interest in Wingfoot Lake, and excitement about the shelter houses, in particular.”

Six shelter houses are available by reservation. Each offers picnic tables, grills and electrical hookups, with restrooms and parking nearby. Some also offer fireplaces and have doors that may be closed in inclement weather. Capacities vary from about 50 people to groups of more than 400.

Reservations for the shelter houses can be made through the Ohio State Parks reservation call center at 866-644-6727, or on-line through the Ohio State Parks website at www.ohiostateparks.org. Click on the reservations button on the Wingfoot Lake page for information on fees and features, and to make reservations. Reservations may be made up to one year in advance.

In addition to the picnic shelters, the park will also offer paved walking paths, playgrounds, mini golf and disc golf courses, cornhole, horseshoes, paved basketball and tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, grass courts for badminton and bocce ball, and baseball diamonds.  Shoreline fishing will be permitted on the 444-acre lake, and small boats, including pontoon boats and paddle craft, may be rented.

There are no overnight facilities or camping available. A state wildlife area, which offers fishing and hunting opportunities, is adjacent to the state park.

Wingfoot Lake State Park is located off Waterloo Road at 993 Goodyear Park Boulevard near the community of Suffield in Portage County.

Since the 1940s, Wingfoot Lake park served as a corporate retreat for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company employees and their families. The State of Ohio acquired the property from Goodyear in 2009 and transferred the recreational facilities to the Ohio State Park system.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

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