John Brown Tannery Park

Fishing Deck along Cuyahoga River at Tannery Park

The park encompasses the former site of a tannery built in 1836 by noted abolitionist John Brown and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the 1970’s, reclamation of the site by Kent Environmental Council volunteers began, and today a natural amphitheater and a gazebo, constructed from tannery building wood grace the area.

The major uses of this park are picnicking, strolling, sitting, and fishing. These activities are accommodated by the gazebo, several fishing beaches, and miscellaneous benches and tables. In addition, a handicapped accessible fishing dock is available in this park.  Along with a twenty-car parking lot that is accessed from Stow Street.