Ed Davis Community Center Upgrades

Akron's community centers serve as a safe space for recreation, learning, and conversation. ARPA funding enables us to make long overdue upgrades to our community centers to revitalize them for years to come.

Community Engagement Process

In 2019, the City of Akron launched a community wide assessment of its community centers to determine which facilities were most in need of improvements and what specific upgrades residents wanted to see.

Ed Davis was one of three facilities deemed to be the most in need of significant repair

The City held a facility assessment for Ed Davis, Patterson Park, and Reservoir Park Community Centers

A virtual community engagement session for each center was held in February 2021

Your Voice Was Heard

Major Upgrades Coming

Based on resident feedback, the City of Akron has planned the following major upgrades to Ed Davis Community Center. These upgrades will create a better space for all residents for years to come.

New Gymnasium

Indoor Walking Track

Teen Room

Exterior Upgrade

Upgraded Playground

Multipurpose Rooms

Completion in Spring 2024

Timeline & Costs

Community Feedback

Collected feedback from residents to determine which amenities should be included in our upgrade strategy.

Allocated Funding

The City of Akron estimates costs for the construction to be $11.5M. All of the costs are being paid for by ARPA funding.


The City of Akron broke ground on these major renovations on February 4th, 2023.

Completion by Spring ‘24

Construction will begin after the groundbreaking and is tentatively set to be completed by Spring of 2024.

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"Creating and maintaining fun, safe, accessible public spaces is necessary for any community to thrive. The upgrades at both Ed Davis Community Center and Perkins Pool will revitalize these spaces for our residents to enjoy for years to come. By taking the community’s thoughts, feedback, and ideas into account during the planning process, we’ve ensured that these spaces will meet the community’s needs and wants"

Mayor Dan Horrigan