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OUR HISTORY

Located next to the Akron Civic Theatre on Main Street in downtown Akron, Lock 3 has hosted millions of visitors since its opening in 2003.

From May through September, Lock 3 features weekend concerts under the open skies, Akron's biggest festivals, a large number of community events and hosts the City of Akron's official 4th of July fireworks display.

Winter is a blast at Lock 3, with a host of attractions including Ohio's largest seasonal outdoor ice skating rink, Reindeer Run sledding hill, holiday shopping, Breakfast's with Santa, Polar Putt-Putt and more. Winter at Lock 3 kicks off every year with the Downtown Holiday Lighting Ceremony exploding the night sky with fireworks.

In 2001 Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic wanted to open up the canal towpath at Lock 3, and the city demolished dilapidated buildings along South Main Street. For the first time in a century, historic Lock 3 of the Ohio-Erie Canal was open to public view.

On this spot, the American Toy Marble & Manufacturing Company made millions of toys for children in the late 19th century. Today the City of Akron – in partnership with the Akron Children’s Museum operates a pop up exhibit, present by PNC BANK, Families can explore, create, build, and move through our interactive exhibits designed to inspire the imagination.

Since 2003, millions of dollars have been raised for the charities which have used Lock 3 as a home base for fundraisers.