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Environmental study marks bright future for Summit Lake
27 Jun Summit Lake Assessment Released

Environmental study marks bright future for Summit Lake

The newly released report on the health of Summit Lake shows bright future for programming at Summit Lake.
People of ACC: Audley McGill
15 Jun

People of ACC: Audley McGill

Through His Eyes: Audley McGill Embodies the Spirit of Summit Lake
Adopt-A-Trail Program Takes Its First Steps
01 May

Adopt-A-Trail Program Takes Its First Steps

Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition and the City of Akron team up for the adopt-a-trail program along the Towpath Trail.
Keep Akron Beautiful Summit Lake Clean Up 2018
22 Apr

Keep Akron Beautiful Summit Lake Clean Up 2018

Photo Journal of the Keep Akron Beautiful Summit Lake Clean Up featuring over 280 community members.
Summit Lake: A Place of History and Transformation
31 Jan

Summit Lake: A Place of History and Transformation

Urban legend enthusiasts will find themselves at home when learning about and discussing the history of Summit Lake in Akron, Ohio...
A Year in Review: A look back at 2017
05 Jan

A Year in Review: A look back at 2017

Over the course of 2017, there has been a lot of transformation to the spaces that we've worked in. Here's a snapshot of projects and learning experiences that Akron Civic Commons has accomplished.
Humans of ACC: Sandra Saulsberry
03 Jan

Humans of ACC: Sandra Saulsberry

A longtime Summit Lake Resident shares her story with Akron Civic Commons.
Interning with Knight Foundation: My Time with Akron Civic Commons
05 Dec

Interning with Knight Foundation: My Time with Akron Civic Commons

Former Knight Intern, Jen Vliet, shares her time with Akron Civic Commons.
Humans of ACC: Evelyn Harper and Alvin Hurt
13 Nov

Humans of ACC: Evelyn Harper and Alvin Hurt

Area Couple Becomes Lock 2 Ambassadors.
Summit Metro Parks intends to maintain a permanent presence at Summit Lake
27 Oct

Summit Metro Parks intends to maintain a permanent presence at Summit Lake

Summit Metro Parks intends to maintain a permanent presence at Summit Lake.
Bowery Project continues to transform plans for block in downtown Akron
10 Oct

Bowery Project continues to transform plans for block in downtown Akron

The Bowery, a six-building redevelopment project, retail, residents, and mixed-use opportunities to the core of downtown Akron. By Abigail Bashor.
Free WiFi available to the public at Summit Lake
03 Oct

Free WiFi available to the public at Summit Lake

Free WiFi at the Summit Lake Community Center and surrounding park was a major topic of the September Summit Lake Neighborhood Association meeting. By. Bob Downing.
Downtown Akron Vision & Redevelopment Plan Moves Through Phase Two
27 Sep

Downtown Akron Vision & Redevelopment Plan Moves Through Phase Two

Downtown Akron Partnership held it's second public meeting for the Downtown Vision + Redevelopment Plan. By Abigail Bashor.
Let's Grow Akron's Lisa Nunn honored as Local Food Hero
25 Sep

Let's Grow Akron's Lisa Nunn honored as Local Food Hero

Lisa Nunn is being recognized by the Summit Food Coalition for her significant and positive impact on Akron communities through food. By Bob Downing.
A Studio in Chicago: Experiencing culture-led neighborhood revitalization
07 Sep

A Studio in Chicago: Experiencing culture-led neighborhood revitalization

Inspired by what he's seen in Chicago, ACC team member, Dan Rice, hopes it can inform Akron's work.
Partner Picnic Celebrates Updates to Summit Lake
20 Aug

Partner Picnic Celebrates Updates to Summit Lake

A community picnic was held at Summit Lake to celebrate recent updates to the park, and make sure people continued to stay engaged in the design process. By Bob Downing
Summer Review for Summit Metro Parks: Improvements So Far
01 Aug

Summer Review for Summit Metro Parks: Improvements So Far

Summit Metro Parks has taken the lead in adding physical improvements to Summit Lake Park over the summer. By Bob Downing
S.W.A.G. Program Connects Amateur Photographers with Local Experts
25 Jul

S.W.A.G. Program Connects Amateur Photographers with Local Experts

Leaven Lenses, one of Students With a Goal's newest initiatives, will prepare the next generation of photographers in the Summit Lake neighborhood. By Bob Downing.
Civic Commons Studio #2: Inspiration from Chicago
28 Jun

Civic Commons Studio #2: Inspiration from Chicago

ACC team member shares what she learned from the Civic Commons Studio #3 session.
New Cooking and Canning Classes added in Summit Lake
24 Jun

New Cooking and Canning Classes added in Summit Lake

Summit Lake residents are sharing their passions with their community through free summer cooking and canning classes at the Summit Lake Community Center. By Bob Downing.
Downtown Akron Partnership Tackling Projects, Large and Small Scale
19 Jun

Downtown Akron Partnership Tackling Projects, Large and Small Scale

Among their many projects, Downtown Akron Partnership is leading downtown planning, partnering to plan for the new Main Street Promenade, and looking at ways to keep the bicycle track safe and sustainable. By Bob Downing.
Recap: May Summit Lake Neighborhood Association Meeting
20 May

Recap: May Summit Lake Neighborhood Association Meeting

Summit Metro Parks shared their plans for Summit Lake Park at the May Neighborhood Association meeting. Plans include nature play, safe access to the water, and more seating. By Bob Downing.
Where We Began: A photo essay of Akron
12 May

Where We Began: A photo essay of Akron

A photo essay depicting the many faces of Akron.
Collaboration is a Journey
28 Apr

Collaboration is a Journey

What does collaboration mean? Read on as ACC team member, Dee Falconer, discusses collaboration within this work.
25 Apr

"Whimsy & Vibrancy" Coming to Lock 2 Park

When asking where Lock 2 Park is, most people wouldn't have a clue. Hazel Tree Interiors hopes to changes that by bringing a splash of color and a dash of whimsy to the pocket park. By Bob Downing.
Partnerships in Action: Summit Metro Parks engages with Summit Lake
25 Apr

Partnerships in Action: Summit Metro Parks engages with Summit Lake

Summit Metro Parks plans to utilize $320,000 in funding from Akron Civic Commons to support a pop-up nature center, new waterside access, and enhanced park space at Summit Lake. By Bob Downing.
Recap: April Summit Lake Neighborhood Association Meeting
24 Apr

Recap: April Summit Lake Neighborhood Association Meeting

Now that the plans are set, projects are being implemented. New classes are offered, infrastructure improvements underway, and community pride events scheduled. By Bob Downing.
From Oak Cliff to Akron: Lessons on Stigma
10 Apr

From Oak Cliff to Akron: Lessons on Stigma

A brief recap of the Dallas Learning Journey and overcoming stigma by ACC team member Eric Nelson.
Recap: March Summit Lake Neighborhood Association Meeting
03 Apr

Recap: March Summit Lake Neighborhood Association Meeting

After voting on what activities should come to Summit Lake in February, community members sat down to talk about next steps. By. Bob Downing.
Ready to Write the Next Chapter
23 Feb
Recap: February Summit Lake Neighborhood Association Meeting
21 Feb

Recap: February Summit Lake Neighborhood Association Meeting

Summit Lake residents began to build consensus on what projects they would like to see in their neighborhood. Among the list is canoe lessons, a family art festival, and a path around the lake. By Bob Downing.
Recap: January Summit Lake Neighborhood Association Meeting
27 Jan

Recap: January Summit Lake Neighborhood Association Meeting

What will it take to return Summit Lake Park to a place of pride and play? This was the majors topic for residents at this month's Neighborhood Association Meeting.
Examining Summit Lake: Experts conducting study of 100-acre lake
26 Jan

Examining Summit Lake: Experts conducting study of 100-acre lake

"What's in the lake?" is the question on everyone's mind. A new environmental assessment will take a real look for the first time in years to find an answer. By Bob Downing