By: Ashley Foutty, Keep Akron Beautiful Intern
This year, the Dreamscape Makeover process went a little different than usual. Ivette Immormino was chosen as the grand prize winner of the 2013 Dreamscape raffle when her ticket, which she purchased from board member, Eric Jones was drawn on June 6. Due to Ivette not being a Summit County resident, she transferred the prize back to the Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) board, which chose Akron Rotary Camp as the makeover location.
Not long after our Dreamscape winner was chosen, Keep Akron Beautiful began working with our vendor partners to help transform the Akron Rotary Camp at Rex Lake into a landscaping dream for our vendors, staff, and especially everyone involved in the camp! Nick Roth of Nick’s Lanscaping of Ohio, LLC had already began his design for this $10,000 makeover and began implementing it on Monday, August 5.
In just one day, we were amazed to see what changes had already been made! After just five long days, the gateway at the Akron Rotary Camp went from a grassy, dirt drainage ditch to a large flower bed planted with annuals and perennials. It was also outlined by landscaping rocks to improve the water runoff issue at the camp. Topsoil and compost were donated and blown into the beds and prepped for two large new planting beds.
A canoe rack with lumber donated by National Industrial Lumber Company, was built beside the beach to help eliminate the clutter from the housing of the canoes in the pavilion. The canoe rack freed up the picnic tables where the children can now have more room to enjoy their lunches. Along with additonal room, the children can safely put the canoes away and launch the canoes from a new beach the crews added.
Numerous amounts of flowers, up lights, path lights, flood lights, timers, and a half moon-shaped patio was added around the camp, along with a new and improved irrigation system. It took a lot of teamwork to accomplish the landscaping makeover, and we are lucky to have such great partners to work with!
We would like to thank all of our vendor partners who helped make the Dreamscape Makeover 2013 a huge success! We couldn’t have done it without you!
Advanced Arboriculture, Apex Electric Supply Co., Belgard® Hardscapes, Cascade Lighting Inc., Circle K, Dayton Nurseries, Inc, Donzell’s Flower and Garden Center, Earth Fare Fairlawn, Gates Landscape Co., Graf Growers Garden Center, HF&A Marketing Communications, Inc., KB Compost Services, Inc, Main Street Gourmet, Naragon Irrigation, National Industrial Lumber Company, Nick’s Landscaping of Ohio, LLC, Pam’s Perennial Plant Farm, Paul’s Greenhouse, R.B. Stout, Inc., R.G. Thomas Landscape and Design, Inc., Star Printing Co. Inc., Suncrest Gardens, TerraScape, Ltd., Tim’s Custom Electric Inc., Vision Graphics & Printing, Wilson Plumbing & Heating, Inc., W.L. Tucker Supply Co., Inc. and YES Press Printing Co.
And, a special thanks to Rocks R Us.