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AKRON --Keep Akron Beautiful celebrated 30 years of serving the citizens of Akron by improving the quality of life through beautification and responsible environmental management in 2011.

One year ago the Board of Directors introduced a new agency program, the Community Pride Trailer, to be used by organizations, civic groups and neighborhood volunteers to restore vacant and abandoned property.

StartingFriday, and continuing throughOct. 29, the trailer is now being booked more for creating community gardens for food pantry's as the local foods movement sweeps the county.

The Community Pride Trailer was made possible by generous grants from the Dominion Foundation and Charter One Bank.

Keep Akron Beautiful, through the rental of the 25-foot box trailer, can share the agency's urban beautification experience with citizens who want to cleanup vacant property in their neighborhoods.

Inside is landscape equipment and cleanup supplies for volunteer groups to transform lots into green spaces.

Go to keepakronbeautiful.org to book the trailer for a project that will benefit the community.

Book the trailer, see available equipment list

Online, or at the offices of KAB, citizens can complete the application form and view the requirements, safety commitments and equipment list for the program. KAB staff transports the trailer and works with a Project Coordinator at each job site.

Here is the impact the new program had in its inaugural year. TheTrailer was loaned out to ten community groups to cleanup 91 neighborhood sites:

  • Approximately 3,433 volunteer hours were logged collecting 116 bags of litter, planting 3 trees, 618 flowers and bulbs, as well as painting a house and eradicating graffiti
  • Raised vegetable "lasagna" method gardens were built for Habitat for Humanity in their ReStore parking lot and a raised community garden was constructed on Main Street by Downtown Akron Partnership members
  • One elementary school sponsored a parent-teacher campus cleanup day, while a church mission group of youth cleaned up eyesores in their church neighborhood.

For 2012, the trailer is already booked to transform a Special Improvement District lot into a community garden gathering place for downtown workers.

On Earth Day it will be used to plant dozens of trees at the Akron Y-bridge Memorial Garden.

What could your community service group do with a landscape company in a truck? Call 330-375-2116 to explore the possibilities!

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