Park District Foundation Juried Arts & Crafts Sale

The Portage Park District Foundation is looking for artists to submit their work in a juried arts and crafts show held December 7th & 8th, 2017 3:00-8:00pm at the Downtown Gallery, 141 East Main Street, Kent, OH 44240.  Artists must complete the online entry form below by November 1, 2017 for consideration:

“We are looking to promote regional artists with nature-inspired artwork,” said Sally Kandel, Portage Park Foundation Vice President.

All items will be sold on consignment with 60% of selling price to the artist and 40% of selling price to support the Portage Park District Foundation. Receptions will be held on both nights.

“Our mission is to generate revenues for the park district to assist with special projects and events.  This is a win/win for artists and the parks,” said Beth Buchanan, Portage Park District Foundation Board Member.

Artists will be notified by November 10, 2017 if they have been selected.  There is no cost to apply or to present in the show.  Artists working in all mediums are encouraged to apply.

“We want to thank Kent State School of Art for its support with this project,” said Kandel.

For more information please visit the Portage Park District website or contact Sally Kandel at



July Board Meeting and Budget Public Hearing

Portage Park District 2018 Budget and July Meeting Notice

The July Meeting for the Board of Commissioners of the Portage Park District has been changed to Monday July 10th at 5:30pm.  At this meeting, there will be a public hearing to adopt the 2018 Estimated Tax Budget. The DRAFT 2018 Estimated Tax Budget for the Portage Park District will be available for public review starting June 29th at the Park District office and the Portage County Auditor’s Office, 5th Floor, 449 S. Meridian St., Ravenna. All Board meetings are held at the Park District office, 705 Oakwood St., Suite G-4 Ravenna, Ohio.  For more information, contact the Park District at 330-297-7728 or

Harold Walker – In Memoriam

We say goodbye to another dedicated environmentalist and Portage Park District supporter this week, Harold Walker passed away on June 20. In Kent, he focused much of his energy on environmental causes. An active member of the Kent Environmental Council, he founded the Friday Morning Environmental Round Table, and was recently honored with the KEC Edith Chase Award for Conservation.

Harold Walker 

Edith Chase-In Memoriam

Edith Chase, a local scientist, environmentalist and Park Supporter passed away recently.  Mrs. Chase was a great contributor to the Portage Park District for many years and supported our mission of conservation and providing opportunities for people to enjoy the beauty of Portage County.

Edith Chase will be missed by many

Edith Chase


Summit Metro Parks Gorge Dam Public Meeting

Gorge Dam, What’s Next, A Public Meeting

Date:  June 27

Time:  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Place:  Natatorium of Cuyahoga Falls, 2345 Fourth Street, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221

A public meeting for interested stakeholders and members of the public.  The public will get an update on the status of the dam removal and learn about summer events related to the project.  Speakers will feature the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, its history, its benefits and its role in the Gorge Dam Removal.  In addition, a Cultural Resource Specialist from Summit Metro Parks will present stories concerning the history of the Gorge.  The public will get an update on the status of the dam removal and learn about summer events that feature issues related to the project.  Presenters will be available during the social hour that follows the program.