Keep Akron Beautiful and Lowe’s Heroes Work Together to Improve and Restore Firestone Stadium

By Genevieve Bohnak, The Univesity of Akron Intern 

 

On July 29, 2014, the staff of Keep Akron Beautiful and the Lowe’s heroes came together to improve and restore Firestone Stadium, home of the Akron Racers, in Akron Ohio. The project was being completed before the Gay Games 9 (GG9) comes to Akron for the softball tournament. The softball tournament is one of the largest events in the 2014 GG9 games. 10537020_10154483504300604_4797822666195579615_n

Firestone Stadium had a wish list of repairs that Racers’ Owner/GM, Joey Arrietta, wanted done before the Gay Games, and the Fairlawn Lowe’s heroes tackled the last of those projects. Some of the repairs on Joey’s list included scraping and painting the entryways to the stadium; putting a clear water-resistant sealant on the lower seating areas; and fixing up planting beds at the entrances to the stadium. 

Fairlawn Lowe’s Store Manager, Gary Sutor, was more than eager to get the day started as were the other eleven of Gary’s employees who volunteered their time on July 29th. Each volunteer was assigned different tasks to match their abilities. The volunteers were happy to help10553343_10154483506285604_4025615207207951981_n make the improvements for not only the Gay Games but for the Akron Racers as well. One employee stated that he enjoyed volunteering as many of the employees live in Akron and are happy to give back to the community. This is the second year that Lowe’s has worked with Keep Akron Beautiful on a beautification and community restoration project. 

Firestone Stadium is located at 1575 Firestone Parkway, Akron, OH 44301. All championship games will be held at Firestone Stadium. The women’s finals will be on Wednesday August 13th at 1:00 p.m. The other three divisions will begin their elimination and end with their championship games on Thursday, August 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The public is welcome to come for the games. There is no charge to watch any and all of the games!

 

 

 

Catch both Keep Akron Beautiful and Lowe’s on Fox 8 News: http://fox8.com/2014/07/29/on-your-mark-get-set-city-of-akron-prepares-for-gay-games/

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Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers!

Keep Akron Beautiful and Lowe’s Heroes Work Together to Beautify Akron

By Genevieve Bohnak, The University of Akron Intern

 

Akron Racer's LogoOn Tuesday July 29, the staff of Keep Akron Beautiful and the Lowe’s heroes, will come together to improve and restore Firestone Stadium, home of the Akron Racers, in Akron, Ohio. This project is being completed before the Gay Games 9 (GG9) comes to Akron for the softball tournament. The softball tournament is one of the largest events in the 2014 GG9 games.

There are 258 participants in four divisions (19 teams total) that will be playing softball at Firestone Stadium, Pony Field and Colonial Salt. All three locations are being prepared and groomed for this event, including the replacement of the backstop, benches, stands and top dressing of the entire field at Colonial Salt. Colonial Salt is located on Wilbeth Road and is in perfect condition to supplement the activities at Firestone Stadium for this event.

Firestone Stadium had a wish list of repairs that Racers’ Owner/GM, Joey Arrietta, wanted done before the Gay Games, and the Fairlawn Lowe’s heroes are tackling the last of these projects. On July 29th, the volunteers will be scraping and painting the entryways to the stadium; putting a clear water-resistant sealant on the lower seating areas; and fixing up two planting beds at the entrances to the stadium.

Fairlawn Lowe’s Store Manager, Gary Sutor, was more than eager to get started and has begun collecting tools and items for the workday. Fifteen of Gary’s employees will be volunteering their time on July 29th and are being assigned different tasks to match their abilities. This is the second year that Lowe’s has worked with Keep Akron Beautiful on a beautification and community restoration project.

To see the Lowe’s heroes in action please join us at Firestone Stadium on July 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Firestone Stadium is located at 1575 Firestone Parkway, Akron, OH 44301. All championship games will be held at Firestone Stadium. The women’s finals will be on Wednesday August 13th at 1:00 p.m. The other three divisions will begin their elimination and end with their championship games on Thursday, August 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The public is welcome to come for the games. There is no charge to watch any and all of the games.

Lowe’s Community Improvement Grant Park Day was a huge SUCCESS at Davenport Park and Erie Island Ballfield

By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager

On August 21, 2013 after months of planning, the Fairlawn and Alliance Lowe’s Heroes banded together to carry out a park spruce up project at two City of Akron Parks: Davenport Park and Erie Island Park. In just a few hours many tasks were completed.

At Davenport Park, Lowe’s volunteers replaced lumber and stained all of the benches by the restroom and on the t-ball fields. The Lowe’s Heroes also stained all of the new picnic benches and bleachers, planted 10 trees, and spruced up the park signs. The park sign spruce up included a new coat of brown and yellow paint, as well as new plantings placed around the signs.

At Erie Island Park/ball fields, the Lowe’s Heroes spread gravel around the new picnic tables and planted (along with the Keep Akron Beautiful flower crew) a new bed alongside the concession stand.

Six City of Akron parks received new trash and recycling receptacles, including Davenport Park and Erie Island Park/Ball field, where the projects took place. These receptacles will encourage recycling and were exclusively placed in parks that have youth sporting activities happening in the park! The six parks receiving these receptacles include: Copley Road Soccer Complex, Davenport Park, Erie Island Ball Fields, Lane Field, Patterson Park and Prentiss Park.

Keep Akron Beautiful appreciates all of the assistance of the City of Akron Parks Department, as well as the Fairlawn Lowe’s store. We are so proud to show off all of the good being done in our community! Thank you, Lowe’s for funding our $20,000 Community Improvement Grant and to the Fairlawn Lowe’s store for choosing us as your “Lowe’s Heroes” project!

Thank you to Keep America Beautiful and Lowe’s for this grant opportunity.

Check out some of our wonderful photos from the great Lowe’s Heroes work day that we had!