Welcome to the Cascade Locks Park and Mustill Store Museum
A hands-on interactive historical park and museum that takes visitors on a journey through the past, present and future.
Cascade Locks Park is the southernmost segment of the Cascade Valley Metro Park in a once abandoned and abused urban landscape. The mission of the Cascade Locks Park Association (CLPA), incorporated in June 1989, is to preserve, protect and promote the industrial, commercial and cultural heritage of the Park along locks 10-16 of the Ohio & Erie Canal. The Park's main feature is the splashing waterway which channels the Ohio & Erie Canal through a series of "staircase locks." CLPA was a key player in the designation of the regional Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canalway. Cascade Locks Park serves to connect downtown Akron to a network of open spaces and trails. In order to realize its mission and to revitalize Akron, CLPA worked with local neighbors, nonprofit groups and businesses, partnered with the City of Akron, Summit Metro Parks, the University of Akron, and the National Park Service.
Mustill Store Museum
Mustill Store Museum Hours
Late April - Late October
Museum will open again in April 2017
The Mustill Store Museum and House are the Park's showcase pieces. Located in their original site at Lock 15, these faithfully restored canal-era buildings are believed to have been built in the 1850s, although the exact date is unknown. Three generations of Mustills serviced canal users until the late 1880s. Their story typifies that of many businesses that sprung up along the canal near the locks. Yet, the family's success and social popularity made this a special place to be. Take a walk back in time and view the many interactive exhibits detailing the heyday of the canal and it's role in shaping our region. Beverages, snacks, souvenirs and locally made goods are available for purchase during museum hours. The Mustill Store is free to the general public, handicap accessible, and perfect for all ages. Cascade Locks Park Association is headquartered in the Mustill Store Museum in the Cascade Locks Park.
Cascade Locks Park
Spanning Locks 10 -16 of the Ohio & Erie Canal, this historic area is a must-see for trail users and history buffs alike. Here you can find evidence of much of Akron's canal and early industrial history, all within a short walk from downtown! Cascade Locks Park is part of the Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canalway with access to the popular towpath trail and the Ohio & Erie Canalway Byway. The park boasts the Jewel of the Canal, the c.1850s Mustill Store, house and yard. The Mustill Store houses one of the canalway's most important visitor centers, and contains many fascinating exihibits on the beginning, heyday, and demise of the canal. The Mustill Store is free to the general public, handicap accessible, and perfect for all ages. Store hours vary depending on the season. The rehabilitation of the Mustill house and store was the first step in the completion of Cascade Locks Park. Other development plans are under way, including the historic Schumacher Cascade Mills Site. The park highlights the dynamics of change of Akron's history through the canal and industrial era by interpreting the wealth of history remaining in the landscape.
Cascade Locks Park, a Heritage Park for Akron's Future, offers a unique opportunity to celebrate our industrial, commercial and cultural heritage and reclaim a bit of long abandoned and abused urban geography into an outdoor laboratory for environmental education, historic interpretation and community recreation.
Cascade Locks Park is an integral part of the Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canalway and has sparked the revitalization of our downtown neighborhood. Learn more by exploring our site and links to efforts in the neighborhood and throughout the Canalway.
- TRAIL HOURS: Mon-Fri: 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.
- ACTIVITIES: Walking, Biking, Cross-country Skiing.
- AMENITIES: Restrooms, Picnic Area, Water, Bike Repair Station, Pet Friendly
- CANAL WALK .08 milies
This historic area of the Ohio and Erie Canal is a must-see for trail users and history buffs alike. Here you can find evidence of much of Akron's canal and early industrial history, all within a short walk from downtown! Cascade Locks Park is part of the Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canalway with access to the popular towpath trail and the Ohio & Erie Canalway Byway. The park boasts the Jewel of the Canal, the c.1850s Mustill store, house and yard.
Take a walk along the perimeter of the former Cascade Mills. A sculptural interpretation of the Schumacher Mill's overshot wheel is the focal point of the park, and locally quarried sandstone defines the former perimeter of the mill. Interpretive signs along the paths tell the story of this dynamic canal-era site.
View the entire Towpath Trailhead Map on your Smart Phone:
Trailhead Parking Rules: There is no overnight parking; your car must be out by the time the park closes.
Visit the Mustill Store to learn about the rich history of the canal system and Towpath Trail. Self-guided tours can be enjoyed during museum hours (Tuesday- Sunday, 10 am - 4pm). With a guide for a group, we typically don't charge (donations are always welcome). However, if more is required (like a lunch or some type of additional set up), there may be a charge. Group tours typically take one hour if they include the hike along the canal. Contact Cascade Locks Park Association for more information.
Board & Staff
Standing (L-R): Doug Powley, Toby Alkire, Tim Miller, Scott Stutler, David Kirschbaum, Doug Hausknecht, Dan Sarvis, Jeff Brett, Bob Jenkins, Stan Martin
Seated (L-R): Katarina Cook, Therese Johnson, Anita Marron
Not Pictured - Louis Berry, Mary Plazo
Say hello to our Trustees. We like to refer to them as our team! Our Trustees come from all walks of life yet they have one thing in common and that is their love for Akron and Cascade Locks Park Association in particular. Our board consists of members that grew up in Akron, work in Akron, raise their children in Akron, have fun in Akron and even retired in Akron. The board of Cascade Locks Park Association is proud to be members of a wonderful community and work everyday to make CLPA better, which makes Akron better!
Don Gordon, Jr., Executive Director
Don has been an Akron resident for almost 30 years. Inspired by friends who donated their time to CLPA, he was asked to join Cascade Locks Park Association and became their Executive Director. Fueled by his passion of our area's unique and important history he is set to continue CLPA's mission. Don's commitment is to make Akron an amazing place to live, one project at a time.
Beth Leipold, Operations Manager
Beth was born and raised in Akron. After giving much time as a community volunteer, she welcomed the opportunity to assist CLPA with their mission. Being a part of CLPA has inspired a new passion for Akron.
Mission & Vision
The mission of the Cascade Locks Park Association (CLPA) is to preserve, protect, and promote the industrial, commercial, and cultural heritage of the Cascade Locks Park along locks 10-16 of the Ohio & Erie Canal.
The Cascade Locks Park Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in Akron, Ohio incorporated in June of 1989 to achieve this mission. The organization was a key player in the designation of the regional Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canalway, a federally designated National Heritage Area that runs from Cleveland's lakefront, through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to Akron at the midpoint, and down to New Philadelphia, Ohio. The Canalway follows the route of the Ohio & Erie Canal and the 108-mile towpath trail. The trail currently runs through a small section of the Cascade Locks Park.
Cascade Locks Park was realized by a consortium of three entities: CLPA, the City of Akron, and Metro Parks Serving Summit County, under a contractual agreement to plan and develop the Cascade Locks Park. We build and maintain partnerships with other entities including the University of Akron, the National Park Service, local neighbors, nonprofit groups, and businesses to realize our mission and revitalize Akron.
The first priority in the development of the Cascade Locks Park was the $1,100,000 rehabilitation of the historic Mustill House and Store. Due to a strong partnership with the National Park Service, the City of Akron and Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, the rehabilitation was completed in June of 2000. With success realized, the Mustill complex now serves as Akron's primary visitor center in the Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canalway. The store provides educational, historic and recreational resources to the community and has served as one step in the redevelopment and improvement of the neighborhood. Cascade Locks Park Association maintains operation and volunteer staffing of the store on weekends as well as for group gatherings and special events.
Directions to Cascade Locks Park
From the West:
Head East on W. Market St. past Tangier Restaurant. Just past "Antique Row", turn left onto W. North Street. Cross 2nd set of railroad tracks. Turn left into trailhead parking lot
From the East:
Head West on E. Market St. Turn right onto Main Street. Cross Innerbelt. Turn left at next light onto W. North Street. Pass Cascade Lofts, pull into trailhead parking lot on right.
From the South:
Take I-77 N to 76 W/77N. Get off at the Main/Broadway exit. Take Broadway North (one way) to Perkins (do not cross the All American Bridge), and turn right on Howard Street. Turn left at next light onto W. North Street. Pass Cascade Lofts, pull into trailhead parking lot on right.
From the North:
Take I-77 S. Get off at Route 59 exit. Go to 1st stop light, turn left onto Howard Street. At next stop light, turn left onto W. North Street. Pass Cascade Lofts, pull into trailhead parking lot on right.
Every Friday from 11:00am - 1:00pm
Come down to The Mustill Store for lunch and occasionally live music. Please check our Calendar for music, lectures, and tours that accompany Friday Lunches. CLPA has Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, and Soda available.
Block to the Lock Bike for the Earth Day
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 10am - 3pm
Canal Days and Duck Derby
Friday, June 16 - 2017 5pm - 8pm
Our Friday night kick off party is a fun-filled event with live music, food and beverages. This is an opportunity for a good time and to purchase ducks for both races the next day. We put the "fun" in fundraiser!
Saturday, June 17, 2017 11am - 3pm
Saturday's family-friendly event has something for everyone but mainly focused on children. We will have vendors, story-telling, face painting, the Zoo mobile, the Rubber Ducks mascot will make an appearance and, of course, our duck races. The first race is the Derby and the second is the 50/50 race. Live music, food and drinks.
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 5:30pm - 8:30 pm
Come on down to our Octoberfest Celebaration at Cascade Locks Park! Enjoy German food, cold and hearty beer at this German Themed party. We will have live music and dancing, storytelling and pumpkin carving! Don't miss out on this spectacular event!
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 10 am to 3 pm
Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 10 am to 3 pm
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10 am to 3 pm
Do some holiday shopping in a unique setting. Pick up some fantastic handmade holiday wares. We will have a great selection of candles, cards, pottery, paper crafts and so much more! Do all of your holiday shopping in a unique setting, and we even gift-wrap!
Cascade Locks Park Association Volunteer Sign-Up
CLPA is a volunteer led and volunteer driven organization. Join the effort to develop Cascade Locks Park and provide the resources of the Mustill Store to the community.
To become a volunteer, fill out our volunteer sign-up. This allows us to assess your interests and find a good fit for you.
STORE GREETERS: We need volunteers to work in the store. Tasks involve talking with visitors about the history of the area, the history and importance of the store and explaining the background of the organization and discussing the restoration project. Duties also include light selling of canal related books, maps, bottled water, etc. Training is provided.
OFFICE ASSISTANCE: We need help with mailings and other office tasks from time to time. Help in this area keeps CLPA running and growing! Weekdays and flexible schedule as needed.
EDUCATION PROGRAMS: Become a tour guide or assist with the development of educational materials. Education program volunteers are needed for weekday school programs and Sunday park tours. Training is provided.
HISTORY AND ARCHIVING: The archiving group needs help with the organization and cataloguing of store records. Materials need to be made more readily available for other activities of the organization. There is also a need for further research of the site and area.
HANDY-PEOPLE: There is a need for help with general property maintenance of the Mustill complex. This could include such activities as mowing, painting, and carpentry. Volunteers with special maintenance skills are particularly welcome.
GARDENERS: We need gardeners to help maintain the wildflower and perennial gardens at the Mustill Site. As the park develops we will be expanding our gardening visions and activities. Club meets first Thursday morning of the month, April thru October from 9am to 11am.
SPECIAL EVENTS: We need assistance with the organization and management of special events, such as fundraising and our Spring Speaker Series. This could involve helping with the food management, preparation of the site and general assistance with setting up.
Become a CLPA member!
With over 500 members and growing, join us for the movement to revitilize the region through recognition of our heritage!
Members receive notices of public meetings and events, access to educational programs and invitations to member's only events. Your membership contribution goes toward fulfilling our mission of completing Cascade Locks Park as a Heritage Park for Akron's Future.
- $10: Students and Seniors
- $25: Individual, Family
- $50: Business, Organization
- $100: Donor
- $250: Patron
- $500: Benefactor
You can also send Membership Dues made out to: CLPA 248 Ferndale Street Akron, Ohio 44304 or contact Don Gordon or Beth Leipold at 330-374-5625 for more information
Become a Corporate Supporter!
If your business would like to join our community effort, please consider contributing and receive recognition at the Mustill Store, in the Cascade Chronicle, in the Kiosk at our trailhead and on this website.
Buy a Brick
Show your own, your family's, or your organization's support for the Cascade Locks Park through our Buy-A-Brick program. One to three lines of text available to tell the world you support the Cascade Locks Park Association and their mission! Bricks are installed at the base of the Donors Monument inside the park.
Triple Line Brick
42 Characters (14 Per Line) Maximum Including Spaces
Contact Cascade Locks Park Association
- 248 Ferndale St.
- Akron OH 44304