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Akron Parks Challenge Submissions Due April 30th


Up to $100,000 investment in each of two Akron parks will spark community

City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of Ellen Lander Nischt
Published: 04-23-2018


Earlier this month, the City of Akron Office of Integrated Development announced a partnership with Friends of the Metro Parks to create the Akron Parks Collaborative to engage the community in creating a sustainable model of maintaining Akron parks that are clean, inviting and engaging public spaces.

In partnership with the Akron Parks Collaborative, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Akron Civic Commons, the City also launched the first-ever Akron Parks Challenge. The Akron Parks Challenge invites neighborhood leaders and organizations alike to pitch their vision for their favorite park and how they can partner to achieve the change they wish to see. Two parks will ultimately be selected in 2018 to work with these partners to engage residents in creating an improvement plan. Through the City’s 2018 capital budget, these plans will receive up to $100,000 in funding to support implementation.

First round submissions, which require only a brief synopsis of the project—including the park name and stated goal—can be made through the Akron Civic Commons website, available here. The deadline for first round submissions is Monday, April 30, 2018.

"We thank the more than 25 applicants who have already submitted ideas, and encourage all our neighborhood champions and community organizations to consider submitting their vision for improving their favorite park," Mayor Horrigan said. "This is every citizen’s opportunity to help the City co-create welcoming, accessible, and functional spaces for the community to enjoy. To apply, all you need is a great idea for how to invest in an Akron park and a plan for engaging the community to help make it a reality."

Submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee, including representatives from Akron City Council, the Akron Parks Collaborative, the Knight Foundation, and Akron Civic Commons. Successful applicants will be announced on or before June 1st, 2018.

About Akron Parks Collaborative

Akron Parks Collaborative is an organization working to engage the community around the creation and sustainability of vibrant public spaces within City of Akron parks. As a spin-off organization of Friends of Metro Parks, we also foster and support friends groups around single city parks.

About Friends of the Metro Parks

Friends of Metro Parks is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as a dedicated, collective champion for the parks and public resources of Summit Metro Parks. We do this by serving as a common voice of our members and the community advocating for the best interests of the parks and by supporting outreach programming designed to foster park stewards.

About Akron Civic Commons

Akron Civic Commons seeks to connect three economically and socially diverse neighborhoods – Downtown, Park East and Summit Lake – through increased relationship building and activation of civic assets. Akron Civic Commons is funded by GAR Foundation, The JPB Foundation, Knight Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and Rockefeller Foundation.

For further information, contact:
Ellen Lander Nischt
Press Secretary / Assistant Director of Law
166 S. High Street Akron, Ohio 44308
Phone: (330)-375-2345
E-mail: [email protected]

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