Regional ParksSwimming Pools

Brushwood Lake

Located in Furnace Run Metro Park, Brushwood Lake was one of two public parks in Summit County (the other being Virginia Kendall Park) whose swimming areas were open to African Americans in the mid 20th century. Brushwood’s swimming area operated only for a few years in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

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  • “Cleveland NAACP Offers Aid in Akron Swim Pool Battle.” Call & Post. August 14, 1954.
  • Jackson, James S., and Ray C. Sutliff. “Negroes Look to Kendall Pool.” Akron Beacon Journal. March 20, 1960.
Brushwood Lake, Furnace Run Metro Park

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