Akron Children’s Hospital closes parking garage over structural concerns

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AKRON, Ohio-- Akron Children's Hospital closed a parking deck on Tuesday because of safety issues.

An engineering report from the hospital found "serious structural concerns" with the garage, located at 300 Locust St., Akron Children's said in a news release Wednesday morning.

Akron Children's ordered a structural review after recently noticing falling concrete.

"A couple of weeks ago, on a weekend, a chunk of concrete did hit one of our visitors cars," said Children's Hospital President Grace Wakulchik.

"The report told us that the deterioration would continue, that the deck had reached its useful life span and we really needed to immediately consider an alternate parking opportunity for our patient's families and staff to keep them safe."

Wakulchik said in recent years, they have dealt with other minor issues that have included water dripping onto cars.

The hospital planned to replace the Locust deck in the next few years. That plan will likely be accelerated.

The parking deck is 46 years old and has 656 spaces.

Akron Children's Hospital recommends the following for those planning to park there:

  • Patient families of the hospital and private medical practices located in the Locust Professional Building who currently park in the Locust Parking Deck (P3) should park in the Bowery Parking Deck (P1), 199 W. Bowery St.
  • Patient families who normally park in the Bowery or the Exchange Parking Deck (P2), 156 W. Exchange St., should continue to park in those lots.
  • Both the Bowery and Exchange Parking Decks are accessible to the main hospital by pedestrian bridges. A map showing the location of these decks is at www.akronchildrens.org/parking.
  • Valet parking for patients will be expanded to meet patient needs.
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