By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager
All of the Keep Akron Beautiful Flowerscape and Adopt-A-Site beds are currently in full bloom, so we encourage you to go and check them out before it is too late, and the season is over! A huge thank you goes out to our AMAZING Flowerscape crew that handles all of the prep, planting and maintain of the KAB flower beds. Our Flowerscape crew consists of: Polly Kaczmarek, Flowerscape Director; Flowerscape Foreman, Chuck Gruenwald; Crew members: Tim Wilson & Sue Johns. All of the flowers look amazing all throughout the City of Akron thanks to these 4 people!
Did you know? Flowerscape began in 1982 when Judy Isroff, KAB’s Executive Coordinator, was confident that Akron could emulate Cuyahoga Falls, its neighbor to the North, and managed to convince the KAB Board of Trustees that a similar beautification program was worth pursuing.
KAB hired a part-time Flowerscape Director and contracted with the Portage Path Mental Health Center for the labor force. KAB planted approximately 17,250 flowers at 7 different sites and paid a flower bill of $2,020.12.
Throughout the years, the KAB Flowerscape program has grown from 7 sites to 39 and the annual cost of flowers has grown from $2,000 to over $18,000. Since the start of the program in 1982, over 1 million flowers have been planted to beautify the City of Akron!
Check out some of the beautiful Flowerscape and Adopt-A-Sites from the 2013 growing season! We are proud to keep Akron beautiful and full of flowers! A map of all of Akron’s Flowerscapes can be found here: 2013 Flowerscape Locations Map.