Welcome to the Historic Village of Silver Lake

The Village of Silver Lake is a beautiful community made up of tree-lined streets and gorgeous lakes located in Summit County and nestled between the cities of Cuyahoga Falls and Stow.

The Village of Silver Lake has a rich and colorful history. In 1874, Ralph H. Lodge bought “the Lake” and 35 acres from Joshua Stow’s heirs. Lodge proceeded to develop a large and very popular amusement park that included an airport and racetrack. At the height of its success, the park had 10,000 visitors a day. In 1912, the railroads discontinued their excursion service, which proved detrimental to the park. The entire 600 acre Silver Lake Park was later sold in 1917 and subdivided for residential building.

The Village was incorporated in March of 1918. The first school was established a year later. The original part of the present school building, four rooms and a gym on Overlook Road, was voted for and built in 1927. The school has expanded greatly and is now part of the Cuyahoga Falls School System.

Today, the Village is 1.5 square miles which includes Silver Lake and smaller Crystal Lake. Silver Lake is maintained and supervised by the Silver Lake Estates Board of Trustees. The property deeds of those who live in Silver Lake Estates, the original subdivision of the Lodge property, guarantee owners the use of the lake and its associated facilities if they pay the usage fees necessary to maintain the area.

Crystal Lake facilities are open to all residents in the Village and are operated by the Crystal Lake Development Corporation. Owners of real property within the Village may buy Corporation stock. Annual usage fees are based on the number of shares owned.

The approximate 2,519 residents who now reside in Silver Lake enjoy a multitude of educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities. Village residents can find quality academics at institutions such as Kent State University and the University of Akron; enjoy a stroll in the Metro Parks; attend an Akron Rubber Ducks game; or take pleasure in listening to a musical event at Blossom Music Center.

We invite you to share in our wonderful history and take advantage of the many opportunities that await you. You will enjoy the tranquility and peacefulness that goes along with living in the Village of Silver Lake.

If you have a question or comment for any Village official, please email them directly or email the Mayor at mayor@villageofsilverlake.com and he will forward the message.


Spring brings time to be in the yard and look over your landscape for any potential issues. The Silver Lake Tree Commission would like to encourage you to look over your trees and bushes for girdling roots before new mulch is added or the grass starts growing.

Click here for more information on girdling roots and proper mulching.

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