The Adopt-A-Site program is a long-term volunteer project that helps beautify public lands in Akron. Volunteers commit to prepare, plant, and maintain a flower garden in their approved site for the entire season. KAB assists by advising groups on whether topography is good for planting, landscape plans, first year site preparation, wholesale purchase of plant materials and free hydrant connections for watering. KAB provides bags for cleanups and trash removal at season’s end and gives instructions for proper planting and maintenance techniques during the spring clinic.
Our Flowerscape Director, Leah Heiser, helps to coordinate over 63 Adopt-A-Sites in all ten wards of the city. This gardening program oversees and guides the volunteers who beautify neighborhood sites on public land. Neighborhood sites must meet and follow basic criteria before becoming Adopt-A-Sites, such as water accessibility. Each year in April, the agency hosts a training workshop clinic so the Flowerscape Director can show new community volunteers how to maintain their annual beds for 5 months via a PowerPoint show. All volunteers are welcome to attend annually.
If you are interested in starting an Adopt-A-Site in your neighborhood, call KAB Flowerscape Director, Leah Heiser at 330.375.2116 ext 7 or contact Leah by email. We start new volunteer groups for Adopt-A-Sites from January-March only, which means a public area should be brought to the attention of Leah preferably by fall of the previous year so she can approve the topography, but if you are thinking about adopting a site at any other time, we would be happy to put your group on the “interested” list. We are looking forward to welcoming your volunteer group into the program!
If experiencing an issue with your Adopt-A-Site, call Keep Akron Beautiful at 330-375-2116 and provide us with the following information:
- The exact location of your Adopt-A-Site
- A callback phone number
- A detailed description of your issue -Is your water source dripping, is there a major water leak or is there an issue caused by traffic? -Is the issue at ground level, the connection/backflow, or with the hydrant?
- If you are having trouble explaining the issue, email a picture of the issue to [email protected]
IF AN EMERGENCY WATER BURST HAPPENS OVER THE WEEKEND, REPORT TO 3-1-1 (FROM CELL CALL330.375.2311).