Fort Island / Griffith’s Park is a must see attraction for anyone who lives in or is visiting the Akron / Fairlawn area.
We’ve gone to the playground numerous times and the kids have thoroughly enjoyed each trip. The 60 acre park contains a large playground, nature center, a paved walking trail and more.
Fort Island / Griffith’s Park & The Learning Resource Center
413 Trunko Road Fairlawn, OH 44333 (map)
Playground at Fort Island / Griffith’s Park
There are two enclosed play structures at the park that consist of multiple slides, various climbing structures, monkey bars, bridges and platforms. In addition there are two swing-sets with both regular and infant swings and picnic tables.
I personally like the surface as it is a soft, solid “rubber” material. I appreciate playgrounds with this type of surface for two reasons. 1) Because it is softer surface if one of my children fall. 2) Because my kids aren’t constantly taking their shoes off to remove small pieces of stone or mulch.
Learning Resource Center
The nature center at the park contains a number of educational exhibits and a handful of animals. The center hosts a variety of educational programs, classes and camps. Visit the Learning Center website for additional information.
Unfortunately, all the times we visited the park were after hours so we’ve never gone inside the nature center. Hopefully we’ll have an opportunity to check it out during our next visit.
There are a number of trails that wind through Fort Island Park. It is a flat terrain with paved paths through wooden areas, open spaces and by the small stream that cuts through the park. The scenery is beautiful and provides the opportunity to see many different species of birds, glacial land formations and a wetland marsh.
Pick up a trail map at the Learning Resource Center, or download it from the City of Fairlawn website.
Quest Treasure Hunt at Fort Island Park
Naturalists at the Learning Resource Center created a fun-filled rhyming treasure hunt for visitors of Fort Island Park. The quest takes approximately 40 minutes to complete and is available between the months of April through November.
Begin the quest by picking up a brochure at the Learning Resource Center (or download one here). Then navigate through the park following the rhyming clues and map in the brochure.
At the end of the quest adventure there is a hidden treasure box with a logbook. Sign the logbook to complete the quest. Remember to bring along a pencil or pen!
Fort Island / Griffith’s Park Features & Amenities
- Large enclosed playground
- 4 enclosed playgrounds
- Two basketball courts
- Paved walking trail – View trail map
- Green Space
- Learning Resource Center (Open Monday – Friday from 10:00am-4:00pm)
- Restrooms (located in the Learning Center during the day and a Porta-Potty when the Center is closed)
- Picnic Tables & Benches
- Drinking Fountains
- Plenty of Trees and Shaded areas
- Quest Treasure Hunt (April – November)
Has anyone ever done the Quest at Fort Island / Griffith’s Park? We’re planning to try it during our next trip.
Check out details and pictures of other Northeast Ohio Parks & Playgrounds.