Akron Parks Challenge

Our first project is in partnership with the City of Akron, Akron Civic Commons, the Knight Foundation and the community. Announced by the City of Akron on April 9th, the Akron Parks Challenge invited 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 were to be selected to work with the partners to engage residents in creating an improvement plan. Through the City’s 2018 capital budget, these plans would receive up to $100,000 in funding to support implementation.

We received 69 applications representing all wards in Akron. The applications showed that our community loves their neighborhood parks and are ready to be heavily engaged in improving and activating them.

THREE parks were selected due to additional support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. 

Chestnut Ridge in Kenmore
Cadillac Triangle Park in West Akron
Reservoir Park in Goodyear Heights

Click on the parks above to find out what the communities have decided along with status of improvements for the park.

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