Bath Township has maintained its historical, peaceful, prosperous, semi-rural community character over the past 25 years. Our unique community of wooded ravines and rolling meadows reveres the quality of life instilled by our surroundings and encourages that atmosphere to flourish.
Comprehensive Plan: Guided by the Comprehensive Plan, which was first adopted in 1998, the primary focus of the Bath Township Trustees has been to protect the historic charm, geographical integrity, open space character of the township. Creating the Heritage Corridors of Bath, an Ohio Scenic Byway, in the year 2000 has allowed for recognition and protection of the historic and scenic qualities along our county roadways. Enhancing the three hamlets - Ghent, Township Center, and Hammonds Corners - has significantly improved the aesthetics along the Cleveland-Massillon Road corridor.
Major challenges facing the township 25 years ago were annexation and retail commercial development pressures particularly on the southern border of the township. Much of this was resolved with the passage of the JEDD in 1998. However, development pressures continued on Cleveland-Massillon Road and Medina Road. A review of the Comprehensive Plan was accepted in 2011 and dealt with these issues.
Facilities: In 1994, the township completed a substantial addition to the Bath Township Center. The new buildings were planned to handle growth for the next twenty years, and it now appears to be able to function well beyond that expectation. In 2000, a Trustees’ meeting Room was built in the basement of the township center building. The salt barn and maintenance facility on Ira Road was recently upgraded for better service and to blend with rural atmosphere. All five cemeteries have been restored with major upgrades in landscaping. The addition of the Moore’s Chapel Annex in 2002 allows current residents the opportunity to be buried in Bath. In 2005, the Historic Town Hall was dedicated as the Bath Township Museum. In 2006, the Stony Hill Fire Station was completed, replacing a joint station with Copley Township built in 1985.
Parks: The township is fortunate to have 565 acres in five parks. Bath Community Park features football, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, tennis, basketball, pickle ball, playgrounds, trails and two shelters. The Bath Baseball Park has eight ball diamonds, playgrounds and a shelter. Bath Hill Park, a neighborhood park, has tennis, basketball, a playground and trails. Bath Nature Preserve features the University of Akron Field Station, Celestial Observatory, Community Garden, and many trails. The township recently acquired the North Fork Preserve of Bath and it is in the developmental stage. The township is also home to the Summit County Metropark, O’Neil Woods (274 acres), and the Cuyahoga Valley national Park (33,000 acres, of which 800 are in Bath), for additional recreational use.
Education: Over the past years, Revere Schools have been honored for their quality and have been awarded and excellent rating ten times. Our children continue to receive an outstanding public education.
Shopping and Services: One of the major changes has been the development of Montrose as a shopping Mecca. It provides the community with excellent urban services, shopping, and restaurants. The charm of Bath is maintained by the locally-owned restaurants and businesses on our main corridor, Cleveland-Massillon Road. The addition of the Akron General Wellness Center and its new emergency room are a boon the community and surrounding area.
Public Safety: The township continues to provide excellent EMS/fire protection, police services, park facilities, trash removal with recycling, snow and ice control, and road maintenance.