New park honoring civil rights leader opens in Youngstown

The park on Oak Hill Avenue is named after civil rights leader Clarence Robinson

A new city park in Youngstown is opening on Monday. The park on Oak Hill Avenue is named after civil rights leader Clarence Robinson.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A new city park in Youngstown is opening on Monday.

The park on Oak Hill Avenue is named after civil rights leader Clarence Robinson. Robinson served on the city’s Park and Recreation Commission in the 1940s.

A recreation center named after him used to stand on the property but became blighted and was torn down in April. Community groups didn’t want to leave the space bare, so they worked to create a park.

“It’s a real collaborative effort involving the neighbors and just trying to make this a positive thing, rather than an ugly eyesore that was just collecting junk,” said Oak Hill Collaborative Director Pat Kerrigan.

St. Patrick’s Church and the Oak Hill Collaborative refurbished the green space, and Community Corrections will maintain it.

A ribbon cutting was held on the new space Monday morning.