Canal Park

Canal Park
AKRON RUBBERDUCKS

The Sports Business Journal has ranked Akron the number ten minor league market in the nation to catch a ballgame.

The RubberDucks have seen 34% attendance growth in the seven years that Ken Babby has owned the team. Under his ownership the team was renamed the RubberDucks.

General Manager Jim Pfander says the name gives the team a better connection to the city and helps attracts kids and families.

“Everybody knows what a rubber duck is and so for us it’s part of the fun. It’s part of what minor league baseball is all about.”

an overhead view of the location of the park
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The Akron Parks Challenge announced the winners of this year’s grants. One of them will help fund a new playground at Park East, which is located between downtown Akron and Summit Lake.

The proposal came from developer Alpha Phi Alpha Homes. Executive Director Thomas Fuller said the there’s been very little attention paid to the park in the last 30 years.

Canal way park
Katelyn Freil / Ohio & Erie CanalWay Coalition

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, June 18:

Chef Todd Brazile shows off his latest creation called The Heater. It features Flamin' Hot Cheetos atop a pork sandwich.
Mark Arehart / WKSU

The official start of summer is still about three weeks away. But for baseball fans flocking to the region’s ballparks, summer is already here. And many are bringing their appetites with them to the game. On this week’s State of the Arts, WKSU’s Mark Arehart puts on a bib and tries two of the most extreme sandwiches the Northeast Ohio's ballparks have to offer.

Akron RubberDucks Enlist a Local Dog to Keep Birds at Bay

Apr 14, 2016
Photo of RubberDucks goose chaser Duke Walsh
DUKE WALSH / TWITTER

Today is the home opener for the Akron RubberDucks. For the 2016 season, the team has a new helper to help keep geese off the team’s new field at Canal Park.

Head groundskeeper Chris Walsh brings his dog Duke to work with him to deter geese from landing. Walsh says the 7-year-old boxer has proven to be the best tactic for keeping the birds at bay.