Outdoor Recreation

Dan Community Smith Park

Located on Erie St. – Our community came together to design and build a pocket park to honor Dan Smith, Kent’s former economic development developer who was instrumental in the revitalization efforts of our downtown. This park provides an area in the center of downtown to bring people of all ages and all walks of life together to share stories, make memories, and feel a true sense of community today, tomorrow, and for many generations to follow. The park consists of a stage for live music, swings, table and chairs, Connect 4 & Corn hole games, a train for kids to climb aboard and a water feature.

Heritage Park

This park is in the center of the city and is filled with pathways and decks for viewing the Riveredge and its natural and historic features. There are benches and picnic tables for visiting or packing a lunch. Relax or fish, kayak or play frisbee in the grass! A great place to spend a sunny afternoon.

Hometown Bank Plaza

Located on the corner of Main St. and Water St. – The Hometown Bank Plaza sits in the heart of our downtown. Grab your lunch and eat at one of the picnic tables or a book to read under a tree. This plaza hosts free concerts throughout the summer and is the hub for many downtown events.

Portage Hike & Bike Trail

The Portage Hike and Bike Trail serves as a key east-west link between the major trail systems in Northeast Ohio. Direct and indirect connections to adjacent regional trails, such as Summit Metro Parks Bike and Hike Trail, encourage a variety of short and long trail rides to local neighborhoods and towns to Cleveland, Akron and the Cuyahoga Valley Towpath Trail. There are multiple trail heads and picnic tables along this multipurpose asphalt trail.

Crooked River Adventures

Crooked River Adventures offers a variety of recreational and instructional opportunities on the Cuyahoga River and Mogadore Reservoir.
Their river trips include three destinations along the Cuyahoga River, all with easy-to-navigate routes and beautiful views. The water is calm, relaxing and perfect for beginners and families with children. For further details and registartion, visit www.kent.edu/recservices/crooked-river-adventures

Flash Fleet – Bike Share

Bike sharing enables multiple users to borrow bikes for short-term use. The mission is to provide affordable, easily accessible and environmentally sustainable transportation throughout Kent State University and downtown Kent. Students, faculty and staff and even community members can rent bikes with a yearly membership or paying as they go. Users can create an account through the nextbike app, website or by calling customer service at 330-474-0785. Bikes can then be checked out and returned to eight locations, including the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, Eastway Center, Van Campen Hall, Tri-Towers, Terrace Hall, Stopher-Johnson, the Kent Student Center and PARTA in downtown Kent.

Fred Fuller Park

Fred Fuller Park, off Middlebury Rd., is Kent’s largest park encompassing over 56 acres of land. Kramer Field ball field complex is used for baseball and softball, there are six picnic shelters and a playground. The Roy H. Smith Shelterhouse provides an enclosed meeting place for organizations and residents of Kent as well as a venue for receptions, parties, and pre-school programs. Further info here.

Plum Creek Park

Plum Creek Park is located on 25 acres of land off Mogadore Rd. The facilities at the park include a baseball diamond, open recreation area, an interpretive center, three picnic shelters, a playground, fitness games court, informal picnic areas are located throughout this park and several small bridges lead to islands which are excellent places for fishing. Shelters are available to rent for events. Further info here.