It’s back! Apply for the 2nd Akron Parks Challenge!


The goal of the Akron Parks Challenge is to engage communities around neighborhood parks to create active and vibrant public spaces.  The Challenge asks neighborhood residents and organizations to give their ideas for improving their parks and requires them to show how they will help engage their community around the process. The selected applicants would work with the Akron Parks Collaborative to ask the neighborhood what they want and determine how the city would 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.

 The Challenge application period opens April 1 and runs through April 30.

Any organization, group of residents, or motivated citizen can apply. Our hope is to locate those with capacity to engage their neighborhood. There are just 2 questions to answer! Be sure to highlight if there are collaborators on the project (ie, a group of neighbors, multiple organizations etc.), and convey long term commitment to the park.

Applications are accepted until 11:59pm on April 30th.

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.

Questions can be directed to

Past Recipients Summary


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