AKRON, Ohio — Editor's note: The video above is from an unrelated story on Akron's "Rock the Lock" event published on April 15, 2022.
The City of Akron, Akron Parks Collaborative and Keep Akron Beautiful have announced the return of Akron Parks Week, May 9-15. Presented in 2022 by The Davey Tree Expert Company, Akron Parks Week was created with the goal of rallying the city’s community around improving and utilizing historic parks across Akron.
Throughout the week, various volunteer groups from FirstEnergy and Keller-Williams Realty will join Akron city staff at Waters Park (169 East Glenwood Avenue) for various beautification projects.
The week will culminate on Saturday May 14 with a large community event at Elizabeth Park (40 East Lods Street) from 12-4 p.m. The event will feature live music, tree planting, art and craft projects, volunteer opportunities and more. Admission to the event is free and guests are encouraged to bring a chair or blankets to enjoy live music. In the event of rain or other inclement weather, the make up day for the event is set for Sunday, May 15 from 12-4 p.m.
The City of Akron, Akron Parks Collaborative and Keep Akron beautiful detail below how you can get involved in the volunteer effort for Akron Parks Week.
"To register for tree planting, landscaping and mulching, general park clean-up, or garden/food forest clean-up, please click here. Volunteers are asked to register for a shift (12-2pm, 2-4pm, or 12-4pm) and select the number of people in the volunteer group. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gardening gloves for their shift. The City’s Parks Maintenance Superintendent as well as Recreation and Parks staff will be working with volunteers to plant roughly 100 trees in the park, including a fruit orchard and a mix of native species. To vote on which kind of fruit trees get planted click here. Shovels and tools will be available for use courtesy of Keep Akron Beautiful, the City of Akron and The Well CDC’s Community Tool Library.”