This Just In: Archie the Snowman Is Making a Comeback

After standing for decades in Chapel Hill Mall, Archie the Snowman was torn down in 2006; however, plans have called for the wintry giant to be resurrected by November.

They did it.

Akron natives Tommy Uplinger and David Burkett were successful in convincing the City of Akron to rebuild Archie the Snowman by this November—just in time for the holidays.

The pair – who organized the “Bring Archie Back” initiative in 2011 – have been in talks with Akron Deputy Mayor David Lieberth over the last month and received word on Wednesday that Archie would be provided a new home within the Lock 3 complex.

“It’s a long time coming,” said Burkett. “It’s been six years since Archie was torn down at Chapel Hill. Through our Facebook page and campaign, I think the city realized the interest in reviving everyone’s favorite wintertime attraction.”

According to Uplinger, the city will pay to rebuild the snowman; only this time, Archie will stand at 14 feet versus 22.

Akron city officials are also interested in leveraging the attraction to generate donations for one or more local charities, he said.

Uplinger and Burkett had also been in talks with Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Robart who was open to the idea of bringing Archie to  if Akron wasn't interested. 

Are you excited about Archie’s comeback? Tell us in the Comments! 

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MELANIE WARMAN August 02, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Kate Bigam August 02, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Awesome :)
Mindy Davis August 02, 2012 at 09:17 PM
I know this won't be popular, but I always found Archie just a little creepy.
rob holton August 03, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Now I can share a childhood memory with kids
April S. August 04, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Another thing my kids will be able to do that I did as a kid....SOOOOOO EXCITED FOR THIS...please bring to Falls River Square in Cuyahoga Falls!!!!
Terresa Hager August 04, 2012 at 07:33 AM
Very excited! I'll be making a trip back home to Akron to visit him with my children.
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Adrian D'Alessio September 14, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Bebe is looking for Archie can you send some Magic wishes to help him ? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4d53DxwEv4


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