Akron Beautification Watch Mailing 2014

by Cindy Pantea

The 2014 Beautification Watch Awards have been mailed! This year 3347 Akron residents and 218 organizations/businesses were nominated and received a certificate.

Each year from July to late August, volunteers, staff, and/or citizens canvass the City of Akron for Beautification Watch Award nominees based on the following criteria:

  • Litter free
  • Well-maintained with flowers, shrubs and/or trees
  • Free of weeds
  • Stands out from its surroundings.

Through these folks, we hear a lot of wonderful, feel-good stories, such as how a neighbor bought a once run-down home and have turned it around to be a beautiful addition to the neighborhood. Or, other stories letting us know how much their neighbors love to be in the yard and/or take pride in their gardens.

Keep Akron Beautiful hopes everyone appreciates this small token of thanks for helping to keep our Akron beautiful, and it wouldn’t be possible to include so many worthy Beautification Watch Award businesses and homes if we didn’t have our great volunteers who take the time out to canvass the neighborhoods for this program.

Keep Akron Beautiful Building Nominated

beautification watch awardThis year, 850 East Market Street was also nominated and received a Beautification Watch Award. Thank you for the nomination.

In turn, we want to publicly thank Polly, the Flowerscape Director, and her crew of three: Chuck, Tim and Sue, who work so hard to keep up the beautiful flowers at 850 East Market Street.

keep akron beautiful flowerscape garden

850 E Market St Gardens 2014

keep akron beautiful gardens at city of akron building

850 E Market St gardens and lawn















Of course, as the address shows, this award is shared with the building, which includes not only John Eaton’s group in Customer Service, along with “J. J.” (John Jones), who keeps the yard nicely trimmed, but also all of the people working with Rob Snyder in Motor Equipment, who are conscientious in keeping the property litter free.

How to Nominate

If you would like to nominate your neighbor, friend or relative for a Beautification Watch Award in 2015, we take the nominations July through August, and we begin sending the certificates in September.

Thank you for helping to keep Akron beautiful by taking pride in your properties. It is up to all of us!



A Beautiful Picture of a Beautiful Dreamscape Makeover

by Cindy Pantea

Keep Akron Beautiful had another Dreamscape Makeover success. This year’s lead designer was Lisa Graf of Graf Growers, whose plan beautified the Williams/Jesse homestead with a pergola (an arbor or structure that provides shade) over a brick patio with lighting fixtures and a fire pit.

Keep Akron Beautiful Dreamscape Makeover 2014

Picture of the Beautiful Dreamscape 2014 Backyard Makeover (Benefitting Keep Akron Beautiful Flowerscapes). Picture taken by Bruce Ford.

Thank You to Dreamscape Makeover Vendors and More

It takes an army to do Dreamscape, from selling tickets to the donations of goods and/or services, and we would like to name these players:

Graf Growers – lead design, fire pit, poles, pipes, conduit and ticket sales
RB Stout Inc. Landscaping and Maintenance – built patio
Tim’s Custom Electric – light fixtures
RG Thomas Landscape and Design, Inc. – fence, concrete and pergola
TerraScape – Blower and Applied Mulch – soil and mulch for flowerbeds; turf repair
Paul’s Greenhouse – planted perennials and ticket sales
Suncrest Gardens – shade tree, flower pots, grass seed, swale (low tract of land to deflect water) and ticket sales
Keep Akron Beautiful Crews – assistance with planting, swale, grass seed distribution and flower pot arrangement
W L Tucker Supply, Inc. – concrete, sand and step
Belgard Hardscape Pavers – Slate
Cascade Lighting, Inc. – lighting, wire and conduit
Circle K Stores – refreshments for crews
Nick’s Landscaping – excavation
Donzell’s – large planted pot and ticket sales
Gates Landscaping – patio prep
Naragon – irrigation system
Wilson Plumbing and Heating – backflow preventers
Advanced Arboriculture – trimmed old growth on pine trees
Dayton Nursery and Garden Center – plant materials and ticket sales
Pam’s Perennials – plant materials
Keep Akron Beautiful Board of Directors – ticket sales

We thank all of these wonderful vendor partners, staff and board members.

Of course, last but not least, we thank the great people who purchased tickets. This year’s Dreamscape yielded the highest proceeds ever: $36,570. This money will be used to continue sowing beauty and growing pride with Keep Akron Beautiful’s popular Flowerscape program.

Next year’s Dreamscape ticket sales will begin in March.