What is Craftsmen Park?

Craftsmen Park was formed in 1933 as a 501-c3 non-profit organization sponsored by members of the Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio residing in Summit County. Its purpose is to provide a facility to be used for camps for children, teaching them the moral and ethical skills needed to become good citizens and productive members of society.

In 1948, Craftsmen Park purchased the property it now occupies on the shores of Rex Lake in the City of New Franklin, Ohio. Comprising of 68 acres, this property gave the Masonic Fraternity the flexibility to expand and to offer the use of its amenities to other organizations interested in the welfare of our youth. Today this includes the Boy Scouts of America, many school band camps, church groups, Rotary International, Camp Quality, Capstone Masonic Youth Camp and the Masonic Model Student Assistance Program, as well as the Masonic Boys and Girls Camps. Craftsmen Park is also home to a 52 lot seasonal campground, May through October.

Funding to support Craftsmen Park comes primarily from the generosity of the Masonic Fraternity of Summit County and individual private donations. These funds are used to provide for the operation and maintenance of the park and it facilities. Our work force is primarily made up of volunteers; and the continual renovation and improvement of our facilities have been done through, generously donated time, and special donations for specific improvements.

Our continued goal is to provide a facility where organizations such as Camp Quality, Capstone, the Masonic Model Program, Rotary, and others can come and provide a helping hand to our youth. With the continued support of the Masonic Fraternity and the generosity of others Craftsmen Park will continue to make is facilities available to those organizations dedicated to the education and welfare of our most valuable asset, our youth.