SummitBeachPark[Book: David W. & Diane Demali Francis – 1993 – 21x28cm – 178 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Summit Beach Park (Akron, Ohio) was a familiar gathering spot for generations of Summit County residents. It began with a splash just after World War I. Over the years, the park struggled through economic hard times, wars, good and bad management, cataclysmic fires and accidents, passing fads, and community celebrations. Chapter Points: Introduction; Evolution of the Amusement Park; Summit Lake; Akron Gets a Summit Resort; Lakeside Grows and Matures; Akron Welcomes Summit Beach Park; The Soaring Twenties; Summit Beach Weathers the Depression; Summit Beach Goes to War; Farewell to Summit Beach. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.