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7650 Ferguson Road, Kent, OH 44240 (Franklin Twp)


• 10-car limestone parking lot
• Picnic pavilions
• Picnic tables
• Campfire pit
• Hiking trail

History and Resources

The 58-acre property includes approximately 20 acres of wetlands, 25 acres of woods, and an 8-acre lake, with the remaining 5 acres of field areas also including 2 picnic pavilions. It adjoins an existing park on Ravenna Rd. operated by Franklin Township that includes tennis and basketball courts and a playground.
The property was used extensively by various clubs and civic groups, including the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the City of Kent’s Summer Day Care program, Kent Kiwanis, the Garden Club of Kent and other church groups.
The purchase of the property by the Park District was facilitated by a reduction in the sale price by the seller Carrie Martin, and a generous donation of over half the purchase price from Richard E. and Sue C. Abbott who wanted to protect greenspaces for future Portage County generations.
Camp Spelman is available for permitted group camping; groups must provide their own portable toilet and assist with site preparation and cleanup.

Rules Summary

• Open only by special permit at this time
• No horses, bikes or motor vehicles
• No alcohol or other intoxicants
• Fires only in designated areas
• Pets must be leashed; please pick up after your pet
• Stay on trails
• Catch and release fishing only
• Hand-carried non-motorized boats only
• No Swimming

Park Activities

Group Camping



Nature & Historic Appreciation


Fishing (Catch & Release)