KAB Dedicates Flowerscape to Polly Kaczmarek

By Johanna Barnowski, Intern

On September 25th, 2017, Keep Akron Beautiful dedicated our Alexander Park Flowerscape to our 34-year Flowerscape Director, Polly Kaczmarek. This Flowerscape was dedicated to Polly to recognize and thank her for all of the work she did before retiring in 2016 – including helping to start the Flowerscape program.

 Polly Kaczmarek next to sign dedicating flowerscape to her

Polly next to her dedication sign

Polly always favored Alexander Park during her employment. Besides its beauty, Polly was particularly fond of the park because it is where she married her husband, Jeff, in 2003. The dedication sign is in the area where Polly’s son, Jason Simmons, walked her down the aisle on her wedding day.

 Polly Kaczmarek and husband jeff on wedding day

Polly and husband Jeff on their wedding day

Since 1983, Polly’s work has had a long lasting impact on not only Keep Akron Beautiful, but the City of Akron. The Flowerscape program has been considered a “model program” throughout the National Network, Keep America Beautiful, for many years. Keep America Beautiful, Inc. has awarded the agency the Presidents Circle Award annually since 2003, and the Flowerscape program has always been a large part of the award.

Flowerscape at Alexander Park dedicated to Polly Kaczmarek

Flowerscape at Alexander Park dedicated to Polly Kaczmarek

Thank you to Polly for her commitment to Keep Akron Beautiful, and we are proud to dedicate this Flowerscape to her!

Additional coverage:

Read Cleveland.com September 27, 2017 Article by Brittany Nader: Keep Akron Beautiful dedicates Alexander Park garden to first Flowerscape director

Read Akron.com West Side Leader October 19, 2017 Article: Alexander Park flowerscape dedicated to retired KAB official

Volunteers of the Year – Dorothy Francis & Sylvia Martin

By Johanna Barnowski, Intern

At our Green the Scene party on August 30, we recognized Dorothy Francis and Sylvia Martin as our Volunteers of the Year. We were thrilled to present them with this award – they really deserve it. These women have maintained one of our Adopt-A-Site flowerbeds for 13 years! The Adopt-A-Site can be seen at Ely Road and Fairlawn Boulevard.

volunteers of the year receiving awards from keep akron beautiful

The women were presented with proclamations signed by Mayer Horrigan that proclaimed August 30, 2017 as “Dorothy Francis Day” and “Sylvia Martin Day.” Francis and Dorothy were also presented with recycled glass flower vases from Weisenbach Recycled Products etched with their names and the award.

We are proud to have hard-working and long-standing volunteers helping us keep the city beautiful and clean. Francis and Martin have also dedicated their time to volunteer with us canvassing for Beautification Watch Awards and Arbor Day seedling delivery to schools.

photo of flowerbed adopt a site 2016

Dorothy & Sylvia’s Adopt-A-Site 2016

adopt a site flowerbed 2015

Dorothy & Sylvia’s Adopt-A-Site 2015