About Highland Square History For nearly a century, Highland Square has been a pleasant neighborhood for Akronites, including nationally recognized residents such as publisher John S. Knight, Senator Charles Dick, presidential candidate Wendell Willkie, industrialist Paul W. Litchfield, and Alcoholics Anonymous founder Dr. Robert Smith. The region's oldest feature is the Portage Path, which passes along the street of that name. For decades, the statue of an Indian has watched over this famous pathway where Native Americans carried their canoes between the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas Rivers. The Portage Path was part of the effective western boundary of the white and Native American lands from 1785 to 1805. When first erected, the Indian statue stood along the curb on West Market Street. The refurbished statue now stands on a landscaped site on the corner of Portage Path and West Market Street. No one seems to know precisely when the name Highland Square was first applied to the area surrounding the intersection of Highland Avenue and West Market Street. The name was in common use by the 1930s, possibly because of the new Highland Theater, Coyle's ice cream store, several well patronized bars and restaurants and other commercial activities called attention to it. Today, much of Highland Square remains much as they have been – livable areas close to the central city. Best of all, the district has retained its warm neighborhood flavor. Community Leaders LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES City – Ward 1 Rich Swirsky City Councilman 183 North Highland Ave. Akron, OH 44303 Phone: 330.375.2800 ext.8301 Contact Rich Swirsky County – District 4 Jeff Wilhite Summit County RepresentativePhone: 330-643-2725Contact Jeff Wilhite State House – District 34 Emilia Stron SykesRepresentative District 34 (D) Assistant Minority Whip 77 S. High St 10th Floor Columbus, OH 43215 Phone: 614-466-3100Emilia Strong Sykes U.S. CONGRESS Ohio 13th Congressional District Tim Ryan 1030 Tallmadge Ave Akron, OH 44310 Phone: 330.630.7311 Ohio 11th Congressional District Marcia Fudge 4834 Richmond Road, Suite 150 Warrensville Heights, OH 44128 Phone: 216.522.4900 U.S. Senate Sherrod Brown Website1301 East Ninth St. Suite 1710 Cleveland, OH 44114 Phone: 216.522.7272Toll Free: 888.896.6446 @SenSherrodBrown Rob Portman Website1240 East 9th StreetRoom 3061 Cleveland, OH 44199 Phone: 216.522.7095DC Phone: 202-224-3353@senrobportman Media Resource The media are encouraged to contact the Highland Square Neighborhood Association (HSNA) when looking for information regarding economic or community development or cultural events. We make every attempt to be "media friendly" by being accessible, helpful and informative.For general information about the Highland Square Neighborhood Association, view the HSNA section of our website.