Cascade Locks Park is the southernmost segment of the Cascade Valley Metro Park in a once abandoned and abused urban landscape. The mission of the Cascade Locks Park Association (CLPA), incorporated in June 1989, is to preserve, protect and promote the industrial, commercial and cultural heritage of the Park along locks 10-16 of the Ohio & Erie Canal. The Park's main feature is the splashing waterway which channels the Ohio & Erie Canal through a series of "staircase locks." CLPA was a key player in the designation of the regional Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canalway. Cascade Locks Park serves to connect downtown Akron to a network of open spaces and trails. In order to realize its mission and to revitalize Akron, CLPA worked with local neighbors, nonprofit groups and businesses, partnered with the City of Akron, Summit Metro Parks, the University of Akron, and the National Park Service.
The Mustill Store Museum and House are the Park's showcase pieces. Located in their original site at Lock 15, these faithfully restored canal-era buildings are believed to have been built in the 1850s, although the exact date is unknown. Three generations of Mustills serviced canal users until the late 1880s. Their story typifies that of many businesses that sprung up along the canal near the locks. Yet, the family's success and social popularity made this a special place to be. Take a walk back in time and view the many interactive exhibits detailing the heyday of the canal and it's role in shaping our region. Beverages, snacks, souvenirs and locally made goods are available for purchase during museum hours. The Mustill Store is free to the general public, handicap accessible, and perfect for all ages. Cascade Locks Park Association is headquartered in the Mustill Store Museum in the Cascade Locks Park.