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Akron's Stan Hywet to open gardens, grounds for visitors to stroll as everything begins to bloom

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Posted at 8:35 AM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 08:35:04-04

AKRON, Ohio — Akron’s historic Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens will open to the public beginning on Friday, April 24 for walking in the gardens as a service to the community during the pandemic.

The number of guests will be limited to maintain a safe environment and only the gardens and grounds will be open.

Community leaders had conversations over the past several weeks on whether the gardens should be open to the public.

"We are just happy to be able to be a safe resource for the community to get outside and enjoy some relief from the current situation. Stan Hywet is a beautiful place, and we believe that if F.A. and Gertrude Seiberling were still living here today, they'd find a way to help the community during this crisis. I am truly thankful to the community leaders including Representative Roemer, Councilwoman McKenney, and the Summit County Health Department and others for their guidance to ensure we can serve the community in this way," says Sean M. Joyce, President & Executive Director of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.

The new hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday, 8:30-10:30 a.m. for senior citizens, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for all other guests.

"The gardens are blooming, so we're delighted that we can share Stan Hywet with the public for garden walks. We look forward to the day when we can open the estate to include Manor House tours and public programs," said Joyce.