On 14 September by Goodyear Heights in , , ,    No comments
It only takes a couple of minutes, but you can help us chart a course for the future of Goodyear Heights by telling us what you think. Our online survey can be accessed by clicking on the button below.
We want you to tell us: What are our neighborhood's challenges? What things make it great? What would you like to see, in terms of services, retail, amenities, programs or activities?Plans and ideas don't add up to much without the input of our neighborhood residents. Don't be shy...nothing great will happen unless you provide your input and let us know what you think!


On 12 September by Goodyear Heights in , , , ,    No comments
This lovely cottage-style home combines both English and Craftsman-style elements. Constructed in 1918, it sits in a quiet area of Goodyear Heights not far from the metropolitan park. At just over 1300 sq. feet, it still features the original bold columns across the front porch, solid brick over clay-tile construction and exudes a lot of quaint character. From the hardwood floors and brick-fronted fireplace to the original woodwork and stairs, it’s loaded with charm and has been appropriately updated. It’s hard to believe it’s almost a century old! The backyard is also quiet and well landscaped; great for relaxing or entertaining, with a large deck and slate walking paths.

Notes: 1811 Tonawanda Ave. Akron, OH 44305 / 3 bedrooms and 1 bath; ready to move in and enjoy. Central air, forced air heat and detached, 2-car garage. Wood-burning fireplace.
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On 21 August by Goodyear Heights in , , , ,    No comments
The process has started. With the submission of our preliminary paperwork to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), the effort to create a National Register Historic District in Goodyear Heights is now fully underway.

The process begins with a preliminary questionnaire, which gives a general overview of the nominated area and requires the submitter to provide detailed information about the proposed district. This information generally covers four different criteria, which describe an area’s significance in terms of:

a) Historic significance in terms of key national or local historic events
b) Association with important people of national or local importance
c) Definitive characteristics, representing the work of a master, or distinctive features that make it representative of a type, period or method of design/construction
d) Association or potential for archaeological discovery

While many historic districts have been deemed eligible for the National Register of Historic Places using just one of these criteria, Goodyear Heights can claim to have significance using three of these criteria; a, b, and c. That provides a distinct advantage in pursuing our application.

Our preliminary paperwork also included a number of photographs, including houses, streetscapes, parks and other images which will provide our SHPO evaluation team with an image of the neighborhood’s current condition. Also important were maps of the proposed district and historic maps of the original phases of the allotment.

It’s a long evaluation process; once the materials are reviewed, a site visit to Goodyear Heights will be made by the SHPO to further research the neighborhood and, providing the submission is approved, they will provide recommendations and guidance for preparing the final application for the National Register of Historic Places. This will be submitted to the National Parks Service.

So – our work has just begun! If you have questions, or would like to offer help if it is needed, we would certainly like to hear from you. In the meantime, be sure to sign our online petition, which will help us as we pursue obtaining assistance from the city of Akron on this project.

On 17 August by Goodyear Heights in , , ,    No comments
It's no secret that Goodyear Heights knows how to put on a great block party, and it was certainly in evidence on August 1st during the national Night Out Against Crime neighborhood celebration. Each year in cities all across the country, neighbors gather to share information, get info from law enforcement on how to keep their community safe, and generally have fun getting to know each other!

The annual event takes place in neighborhoods all over Akron, but the biggest party of all happens right here in Goodyear Heights, in front of the Linda Theater. Local businesses, community groups, entertainers and residents all shared in the fun, with hundreds of people congregating on Goodyear Boulevard. Much of the credit for the even goes to R.I.G.H.T. president Sharon Connor, who helps organize the event and bring it all together.

To read more about it, check out this article in The Akronist.

On 06 August by Goodyear Heights in , , , ,    No comments
It’s time to share your vision about a Community Garden in Goodyear Heights!

There was a meeting on July 11, but you can still participate in a community garden survey initiated by Summit Metro Parks. This survey is intended for any resident of the Goodyear Heights, Ellet and City of Akron interested in gardening, socializing, volunteering or coordinating garden-related activities.

A community garden provides a source of inexpensive, high quality food, an opportunity for activities and socializing, and a source of community pride! Please take 5 minutes to help Summit Metro Parks look at your community’s needs and desires. Your responses are welcomed and protected. Please share this link: http://bit.ly/SMPgardensurvey with other neighbors of the Goodyear Heights Lodge which is located at 2077 Newton Street, Akron 44305.

You might be surprised to know that community gardens are not a new thing in Goodyear Heights; during the First World War, many residents worked together to grow vegetables on the allotment's vacant lots. During WWII, a portion of the metropolitan park was also used to grow vegetables in support of the war effort!

Thank you in advance for your assistance in gathering community information regarding community gardens.

On 17 July by Goodyear Heights in , , , ,    No comments
Join the fun on Tuesday August 1st as the Goodyear Heights Community comes together for the 2017 Night Out Against Crime. This city-wide event, which takes place at 15 locations across Akron, aims to make neighborhoods safer through community building and education.

Over the past few years, Goodyear Heights has had one of the best turnouts in the city, with hundreds of neighbors coming together to celebrate in a big street party on Goodyear Boulevard, in front of the Linda Theater. Residents are encouraged to come by for games, music, refreshments, community information and a number of other activities designed for all ages.

"This event is a welcome opportunity for our law enforcement officers to interact with neighbors under positive circumstances," Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said in a news release. The campaign includes citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic/religious groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials. Nationwide, more than 38 million people from 16,000 communities are expected to participate in the campaign, which is in its 34th year.

On 13 July by Goodyear Heights in , , , , ,    No comments
By 1916, the first phase of Goodyear Heights--the area west of Brittain Road, was generally complete. Streets and sidewalks were complete, the majority of the houses had been built, and just a handful of lots remained to be sold. The response to the concept of high-quality, affordable housing for Goodyear workers  had been overwhelming, and as a result, the company decided not just to "double-down" on the idea, but to "quadruple-down" on it--expanding with a second phase that would be four times the size of the original.

The following article is from a 1916 Edition of the company newspaper, The Wingfoot Clan. It provides a lot of interesting details on the progress, and news of a naming contest:

“Sixteen streets of the new allotment, Goodyear Heights No. 2, are as yet un-named. A part of them are continuations of streets and roads already existing and a few have been christened with appropriate names, but sixteen remain to be named.  This must be done at once so they can be recorded, and to do this the Goodyear Heights Realty Company is offering a prize of $5.00 in cash to the Goodyearite or member of a Goodyear family who submits the best list of sixteen names before Saturday noon, July 22nd. A blank appears at the bottom of this page which should be filled out and sent in to Mr. Apel. A map of the new sub-division appears on the insert to give you an idea of the lay of the land.

The work on this allotment has progressed more rapidly than the  average man appreciates, and is being pushed faster because Goodyear Heights is practically sold out, but a few lots are left. Though it is yet virgin farm land, it has been carefully surveyed and plotted, and the contracts for all grading have been let. The plans for the sewer and water systems are now being made and the contracts call for the completion of all this work by January 1st, 1917. Paving of the streets will then be started early next spring.

The scale of the work on Goodyear Heights No. 2 is of a magnitude never before attempted around Akron. It is an immense tract of land which will contain large home lots to a number four times as great as the present Heights. The land is high and dry, for the greater part comparatively level, but with a few rises and hills to lend some diversity to the landscape. From some of these hills views extending for miles across the city and open country lay before the eye.

The work of designing the sub-division is being done by the same artists who designed Goodyear Heights, and the layout preserves all the natural beauties, the woods, hills and orchards and the little creek valley, converting some of them into parks, others into beautiful residence sections. Prizes will be offered later on for the naming of these places. Goodyear Heights No. 2 is destined to become in a few years one of Akron’s show spots, a residence section ideal for the working man of moderate income.”

On 10 June by MS in , , , ,    No comments
If you grew up in the Heights, summertime was always a great time! It’s no different today, with lots of activities going on for young and old alike.

June 19 – July 28 / 9am – 2pm

Designed for children ages 5-10 years old, 25 spaces are available. Last day for registration is June 15. Organized by City of Akron – Summer Fun Camp fee is $100.00.
Call the Community Center at the park – 330-375-2802.

Coming to Seiberling CLC / July 10-14

Sign up ends June 30. Open to children living in City of Akron who will be entering Kindergarten or 1st Grade in Fall of 2017. Safety Town is a FREE, hands-on safety program designed to teach children about bicycle, bus, fire, playground, gun, dog, poison, stranger-danger, crossing the street, calling 9-1-1 and other safety-related issues. Runs for 1 week – 9am – 12 noon. Each cild receives a Safety Town T-Shirt and bike helmet.

Register at www.akroncops.org or www.akronfiredept.org
On 02 June by MS in , , ,    No comments
When Goodyear Heights was first being developed, it was inevitable that the vacant lots where houses were yet to be built could soon be overgrown with tall grasses and weeds. This was especially the case since the whole allotment had once been farmland.

While push-reel mowers were not new at the time, not everyone had one—and they were only of practical use if one had a yard planted with well-tended grass. For more troublesome spots, the vacant lot next door, or other areas where a mower could not be used, something more substantial was called for. In this case, it was the Community Scythe.

Shortly after workers and their families began moving into the first phase of the neighborhood, the Goodyear Heights Improvement Association voted to purchase a scythe that would be loaned out to residents for a modest fee. If the tool was returned in good order after a reasonable amount of time, the fee would then be refunded to the user.

Today, just about every household owns their own personal weedeater—but this old time solution seems pretty reasonable and entirely neighborly. Pretty cost-effective, too.

(The accompanying article is from the Wingfoot Clan)

Built in 1919, this adorable and sturdy Tudor Revival home is typical of the quality and design built into the Heights’ original Goodyear-built homes. Externally, the house appears to have been little changed from its original and still maintains its historic character; the windows have been updated and a deck has been added at the rear.

On the inside, the home still features most of its original woodwork, though it has been painted to fit contemporary tastes. A small foyer and a rustic craftsman-style brick fireplace lend an air of charm and dignity. The kitchen and baths have all been updated. At 1310 square feet and only $55,000 – this historic home represents a great value, and being in near-original exterior condition, adds significantly to the historic character of the neighborhood.

Notes: 1744 Hampton Rd. Akron, OH  44305 / 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, and a two car garage, also offers a large deck patio in the backyard.  Appliances included: Dishwasher, Dryer, Microwave, Range / Oven, Refrigerator, Washer. Detached garage has electricity.
For More information - go HERE.