Pleasure Park, also known as Curry’s Farm, was a picnic ground and ballpark on Twinsburg Road just west of Route 91 in Twinsburg where various organizations held picnics and barbecues in the 1950s-60s. Pleasure Park gained notoriety in 1962 when auto garage operator and future Cleveland Ward 18 councilman James H. Boyd promoted an ill-starred concert at the annual “Steer Roast Day” there by R&B sensation Brook Benton. The extravaganza was to include fantastic giveaways such as a trip to Hawaii and a brand-new Plymouth Fury. Unfortunately, Benton showed up but failed to perform, leaving several thousand fans fuming. Only with much persistence did Twinsburg police disperse the crowd. Boyd was later indicted on charges of larceny by trick. Pleasure Park was later renamed the Curry Shelter House Picnic Grounds and continued in operation in the 1970s.
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- “Brook Benton Stars Steer Roast Aug. 11th.” Call & Post. June 30, 1962.
- “No Piano! And No Twinsburg Concert!” Akron Beacon Journal. August 13, 1962.
- “Steer Roast Promoter Indicted on 8 Counts.” Call & Post. September 8, 1962.