Park Friends Groups

Help us Grow to support our Friends Groups!!  (read more here)

We are working with Akron neighborhoods to build support networks or "friends groups" around each park. These groups are supported by Akron Parks Collaborative to steward their park and make decisions on improvements, programming and upkeep.

Our goal is to create a network of friends groups for city parks that we will support and connect to resources and funding to ensure vibrant public spaces for generations to come.

Please go to Your Park or contact if you are interested in helping to build a Friends Group for your park.



Through the Akron Parks Challenge, Chestnut Ridge Park has a new playground as well as electricity at the amphitheater and pavilion for events and programs. A new trail will be built in the spring. The Friends of Chestnut Ridge Park secured funding to organize programs and events in 2019 and worked hard to bring it to the park. If you completed a survey prior to the improvements or voted at an event... thank you. The improvements to the park were chosen because of this input.  We're looking for feedback on what you think about the park now and what you'd like to see in the future. Thanks for your time and interest!