Akron’s Summit Lake isn’t quite back to its glory days as the city’s “waterfront playground.” But a new report says it is cleaning itself after years of industrial dumping and other abuse and has reached the point where it’s safe for boating, fishing and bird watching.

EnviroScience completed the study for the Knight Foundation’s Civic Commons, whose efforts to connect the city include projects along the Ohio and Erie Canal corridor. The study – paid for largely through $150,000 in federal grants — concludes that the lake is as clean any other Northeast Ohio urban-area waterway, including the Portage Lakes. It says residual metals and traces of a toxic algae are well within limits for human safety.

“The environmental health of Summit Lake is good and the water quality continues to improve,” summed up Dan Rice, CEO of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition at a meeting today/Wednesday at the Summit Lake community center. He added that means more chances for the community to “interact with the lake.”

A hundred years ago, the Akron lake featured an amusement park used for swimming and boating. Rice says it’s not quite ready for swimming yet. But he notes that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources cleared it for fishing earlier this year, saying even bottom feeders like catfish can be eaten once a month.

Go to https://tinyurl.com/ybgyc2x9 or wksu.org to read more on this story and listen to a Q&A with Dan Rice.