The application period for the Akron Parks Challenge has ended

Next Steps:

The goal of the Akron Parks Challenge is to engage communities around neighborhood parks to create active and vibrant public spaces. Applications are being reviewed.

The process may include a second round of questions for finalists. Please save May 29 (morning) or May 30 (evening) for potential interviews.

Successful applicants will be announced by June 1 and will agree to a timeline, having a designated core team of neighbors and continued commitment to the park.

The selected applicants will work with the Akron Parks Collaborative to ask the neighborhood what they want and determine how the city will spend $100,000 for improvements to their park. Those improvements will begin within 12 months of the award recipients being announced. Partners for the 2019 Akron Parks Challenge include the City of Akron, Akron Civic Commons, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Summit County Historical Society and the Akron Parks Collaborative.

We will stay in touch with ALL applicants and support you in your work to steward your park! Thank you so much!

Questions can be directed to

Click here to see a past recipients summary.

Find out more about all of Akron's Parks:
City of Akron's Comprehensive Park Facilities Study