SAVE THEISS WOODS
Theiss Woods is a 45 acre triangle of land owned by the City of Akron. It is adjacent to Hampton Hills Mountain Bike Area in Summit Metro Parks (2092 Theiss Rd. Akron, OH) and sits above Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It contains wooded terrain, hills, a natural spring, streams, and wetlands.
The City of Akron has proposed turning this public property into a large housing development of 65 - 110 upscale homes (priced up to $420K). In response to public outcry, the city agreed to consider conservation proposals in competition with development ones. The Western Reserve Land Conservancy submitted a conservation proposal for the 100% conservation of Theiss Woods to the City of Akron on March 31, 2021. The City of Akron has not yet responded to the proposal.
The conservation of Theiss Woods has been endorsed by a number of groups. See the endorsement list and letters here. Want to read Western Reserve Land Conservancy's proposal for the conservation of Theiss? Check it out here.
Preserve the Valley's Informational Document about Theiss Woods
Learn about its environmental, historical, cultural, and educational value
KEY POINTS: Why Should Theiss Woods Be Saved?
We believe this property should be saved for many reasons including:
its proximity to a National Park and a Summit Metro Park.
its 45 acres of tree canopy (up to 33 football fields of trees) that protect the Valley from costly storm water run-off
its wildlife diversity (including fox, mink, and bird species)
its potential as a future recreation/education/park site for Akron's kids and families
the long-term economic and environmental cost of expanding and maintaining infrastructure in an area where none exists now
the voices of 17,000 people who have signed our petition asking for it to be saved!
Take Action Now!
Akron Mayor Horrigan has stated that he will make the final decision on the property. Let him know you want to see the 100% conservation of Theiss:
Email Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan at Mayor@AkronOhio.gov
Call Mayor Horrigan 330-375-2345