Update on Community Pride Trailer Weekend Glendale Community Garden Project

by Cindy Pantea

Community Pride Trailer at The New Glendale GardenThank you so much for the wonderful resource of the Community Pride Trailer!!!!! This was the sentiment from the Glendale Eco District group who used the Community Pride Trailer (CPT) and worked to create The New Glendale Community Garden this past weekend. Through uncooperative weather…and some really hard earth, I might add.

KAB's Ccommunity Pride Trailer Rototiller Used at The New Glendale GardenYet the gardening tools from the Keep Akron Beautiful CPT, soil from PRO-MIX® growing mixes, and a lot of sweat and passion from volunteers (neighbors, business owners, and organizations) like Hazel Tree Interiors, Akron Firestation #3 and Asian Services in Action, worked around the raindrops and through the chill to make the soil ready for planting.

In addition the group received expert assistance from an edible landscaping enthusiast and the community organization, Let’s Grow Akron.

Next on The New Glendale Community Garden agenda: St. Vincent-St. Mary Girl Scout Troop will plant a berry bed on May 19. Then, St. Vincent-St. Mary 3rd and 4th graders will learn gardening basics and about eating healthy from a teacher and volunteer, all in preparation to plant vegetables at The New Glendale Garden for the Salvation Army. And dianacoffee.com will soon be donating burlap bags for planting potatoes above ground.

There also will be signups for the designated families to take care of their garden spot.

Needless to say, this whole project has educated and assisted a lot of people. So thanks go gardeners, organizers, and especially the property owner who has lended his property for this effort.

Isn’t it great to live in Akron?

Visit the Keep Akron Beautiful Facebook page for more Community Pride Trailer photos.

 Glendale Eco District with Community Pride Trailer CPT



Keep Akron Beautiful’s Community Pride Trailer Helps Feed Hungry

by Cindy Pantea

Today and tomorrow, with the help of Keep Akron Beautiful’s Community Pride Trailer, PRO-MIX® growing mixes, and Canton Road Garden Center, wonderful Akron volunteers such as firefighters, Girl Scouts, church youth groups and high school students, will turn an Akron neighborhood vacant lot into a food forest.

What is a food forest?

A food forest (similar to sustainable landscaping or gardening) is a technique that mimics the way things grow in nature by substituting trees with bushes, shrubs, herbs and vegetables which have yields directly useful to humans.

With the creation of this food forest in Akron, called “The New Glendale Garden,” 20 families will have access to fresh grown food and learn how to live sustainable lives.

In addition, a designated spot called “grow a row for the hungry” will be used to grow produce that will be donated to the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank.

The New Glendale Garden

The New Glendale Garden is currently a vacant lot near the Glendale steps. An interesting fact is that this area was an unfinished WPA project from the depression era.

In The New Glendale Garden will be a designated spot called “grow a row for the hungry.” Whatever food is yielded in this area will be donated to the Akron Regional Food Bank.

New Glendale Garden Volunteer Schedule

On May 10, the Keep Akron Beautiful Trailer is scheduled to arrive at The New Glendale Garden at 3:30 p.m. Subsequently, at 5 p.m., a $4000 donation of growing mixes from PRO-MIX arrives for volunteers to unload. Then, on May 11, tilling the soil begins.

If you would like to help with this garden feel free to join in by showing up at the vacant lot next to S. Walnut Street Akron, OH 44303 or contact 330-338-0011.

Much of this information from taken from Pro Mix Release for Akron. Thank you Leah Haugh from Garden Media Group for passing along this information. Keep Akron Beautiful is proud to be named along with PRO-MIX, Canton Road Garden Center, and the amazing volunteers on such a worthwhile project.



Confidential Shredding and Waste Recycling Dates by ReWorks

by Cindy Pantea

ReWorks invites you to recycle more! That’s why they are sponsoring confidential paper shredding events to take place on Saturdays between 9:00 AM 12:00 NOON for Summit County residents and businesses. There is a limit of 10 file boxes or shopping bags at each shredding event scheduled as follows:

  • May 11 – Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center at 1201 Graham Rd., Stow (NO Hazardous Waste Waste* will be accepted at this event)
  • Jun 08 – Fairlawn Service Department at 3300 Fairlawn Service Dr. (off Smith Rd.)
  • Jul 13 – Macedonia City Hall at 9691 Valley View Rd.
  • Aug 10 – Green Central Administration at 1755 Townpark Blvd.
  • Sept 14 – Barberton BCF Sports Complex at 841 Wooster Rd. W. (enter Wooster Rd. West only)
  • Oct 05 – The Job Center at 1040 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron

Remember to remove and reuse: binder clips, paper clips, rubber bands, report covers, binders, and hanging files. NOTHING made of plastic, wood or metal  will be accepted. Staples are okay.

 *Got Hazardous Waste?

On each Thursday, June 6 through September 26, 2013, 2-8 PM, the Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center at 1201 Graham Rd. in Stow will be open to accept your hazardous waste with a couple stipulations: (1) NO latex paint accepted and (2) Residents only – NO businesses, churches or organizations.

Need Alternate Hazardous Waste Disposal Solutions?

If you need alternate hazardous waste disposal solutions, ReWorks has a .pdf brochure with information here. For other information or to contact ReWorks, visit summitreworks.com or call 330-374-0383. 

With a renewed focus on sustainability, ReWorks provides the citizens of Summit County with the programs, resources and knowledge they need to be responsible stewards of the environment.

ReWorks, Keep Akron Beautiful, The City of Akron, the County of Summit, and the Greater Akron Chamber are proud founders of The Summit of Sustainability Awards.

Registration Open for Clean Up Akron Month

By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager

Are you ready to make your city a better place to live? For 32 years Keep Akron Beautiful has been working to recruit thousands of civic-minded volunteers to adopt a public parcel of land to clean during Clean Up Akron Week, now moving to Clean Up Akron Month. As a part of the national Great American Cleanup with Keep America Beautiful, this is the nation’s largest annual community improvement program that harnesses the power of over 4 million volunteers to build vibrant communities.

Each year over 1,200 affiliates and participating organizations engage volunteers to take action in their communities through programs that deliver positive and lasting impact through events focused on waste reduction, recycling, beautification and community greening.  In 2012, 4.2 million Great American Cleanup volunteers worked tirelessly to return nearly $230 million in measurable benefits in 20,000 communities across the country.

Keep Akron Beautiful is encouraging all area residents to get involved in the 2013 Great American Cleanup™, by participating in the 32nd annual Clean Up Akron Month during April 2013. This year, we are cleaning up for an entire month, with the culmination event taking place on SUPER SATURDAY, April 27, 2013 at the Akron Zoological Park. The first 1,000 registered volunteers are invited to a picnic and celebration on SUPER SATURDAY. We look forward to cleaning up with you, your civic groups and your families in April.


Check out all the tires Buchtel High School students found in 2012!

One of our cleanup groups from 2012 sweeps up glass on Super Saturday!