Akron Parks Challenge

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The City of Akron, in partnership with Knight Foundation, Akron Parks Collaborative, and Akron Civic Commons, has officially 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 to work with the 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.    

“Since our founding, city leaders have viewed park land as vital to the wellbeing of our residents,” said James Hardy, Deputy Mayor for Integrated Development.  “The Akron Parks Challenge attempts to spark renewed investment in public space by inviting citizens to co-design their parks.  Our goal is to expand the Challenge in future years and improve our neighborhoods one park at a time.”

 Submissions are being collected through April 30, 2018, and can be made by clicking the link above. 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. The successful applicants will be announced on or before June 1st, 2018. 

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