Forum to discuss plans for Glendale Steps in Akron

Progress Through Preservation is sponsoring a community forum to discuss plans for the restoration of the Glendale Steps and the reactivation of a park near downtown Akron.

The meeting will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 30, in Corrigan Hall at St. Vincent Elementary at 17 S. Maple St. Enter through Door B on the right. Parking is available in the lot across the street from the school.

The Glendale Steps descend 200 feet from South Walnut Street to Glendale Avenue in Akron. WPA workers built the landmark in 1936 and 1937.
The Glendale Steps descend 200 feet from South Walnut Street to Glendale Avenue in Akron. WPA workers built the landmark in 1936 and 1937.

Built by WPA workers in 1936-1937, the 242 sandstone steps descend 200 feet from South Walnut Street to Glendale Avenue. The steps were planned as the grand entrance to a recreation area that never materialized.

The preservation group will present survey results and reveal a vision plan to reactivate Glendale Park, which it calls “a sorely overlooked asset.”

The National Register of Historic Places added the steps in 2023 after Progress Through Preservation nominated the landmark for inclusion. The aging steps are in need of repairs after more than 85 years.

To attend the forum, RSVP by May 29 via Eventbrite or email akronptp@gmail.com

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Preservationists to unveil plans for Glendale Steps in Akron