Happy Days Lodge Concerts
About Cuyahoga Valley National Park Concert Series
The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park partners with the National Park Service to bring live music year-round to Cuyahoga Valley National Park at three unique park locations! From lively folk concerts to outdoor jam sessions, we’ve got something for every music enthusiast.
Photo: Marissa Decker Photography
Happy Days Lodge’s Unique Character
Happy Days gets the beginning part of its name from the “Happy Days Are Here Again” theme song of Roosevelt’s New Deal political platform. The building was constructed in 1938-39 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a cornerstone program of the New Deal that employed young men in public works projects in forestry, erosion and flood control, as well as park development. During the 1930s, more than 3 million men worked on thousands of projects around the country. CCC structures are common in national and state parks. Locally, Northeast Ohio benefited from several CCC camps, including Camp 576, which built Happy Days Lodge.
Happy Days started as a camp for the Akron Board of Education and Recreation Commission summer playground program. The Great Hall served as the dormitory. It became the first visitor center for CVNP in 1978. At the time, the park was just 4 years old and had few choices of locations for visitor centers. Since 1978, the park has expanded its inventory of facilities, including additional visitor centers.
The architecture of Happy Days speaks to its history and provides the atmosphere for events. The CCC subscribed to rustic “parkitecture” design developed by the National Park Service in the early 1900s. This style emphasizes horizontal lines, low silhouettes and choices of color and materials found in the local surroundings. Happy Days is constructed of wormy chestnut, wood from the American chestnut trees killed by the early 20th-century blight that devastated this once-common tree. The sandstone floor and fireplaces, made from locally quarried sandstone, complement the wood.