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Thinking of Those Who Worked to Create Wingfoot Lake Park

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I found myself at Wingfoot Lake State Park because I was with a friend who got word that the Goodyear airship Wingfoot Two would be arriving from Columbus.

The park used to be owned by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, which still has its headquarters in nearby Akron, Ohio.

In Suffield, Goodyear has a maintenance facility for the blimp that it stations in Akron.

At one time, this park was open only to Goodyear employees and their guests. The company created the park on the short of Wingfoot Lake, which was created in the early 20th century to provide a water supply to Goodyear factories in Akron.

In 2009 Goodyear, the Trust for Public Land and the State of Ohio teamed up to convert the park into public property.

So there I was with dozens of others enjoying an unusually warm November day amid some striking fall foliage while waiting for the arrival of a blimp.

I don’t know all of the backstory behind how this came to be a public park, but as I paused to enjoy the autumn beauty in evidence, I was thankful that a group of people were able to work together to create a place for all to enjoy themselves on day like today.

I don’t know their names, but I hope they know that some of us appreciate the work that they did.

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