Keep Akron Beautiful’s Flowerscapes are in FULL BLOOM!

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.


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! 

Beautification Watch Volunteers Are In Your Neighborhood

by Cindy Pantea

It’s Beautification Watch Awards time!

Keep Akron Beautiful volunteers are out canvassing Akron neighborhoods in search of homes and businesses with yards that stand out in the neighborhood as a litter-free, well-maintained garden paradise with flowers, trees and shrubs.

Keep Akron Beautiful Beautification Watch Awards

Zeber-Martell Clay Studio in the Northside District. Picture courtesy of Chris Hixson.

So far, several people have raved about a couple of businesses in the area that have made it all that more wonderful to shop, dine, live, and/or work in those areas because of their sidewalk gardens.

Zeber-Martell Clay Studio in the northside district is one of those businesses.  With an added touch of whimsical art to make you smile, it is a truly a delightful site.

In fact, Chris, who works at Incite Creative, also at 43 Furnace Street, sent us a photo of it (at right) and said the Zeber-Martell storefront garden is, “one of the most beautiful little gardens in Akron.  I work upstairs in the same building, and I’ve seen how appreciative all the visitors to the neighborhood are.”

Another business is Savoir Faire florist and event planners at Pilgrim Square.

Beautification Watch Savoir Faire at Pilgrim Square

Savoir Faire at Pilgrim Square shopping center on West Market Street, Fairlawn. Picture from Savoir Faire website, about us page.

We’ve heard that Bradley Plaster has taken it upon himself to make the triangle in front of the Pilgrim Square business area as beautiful as the bouquets that the business, Savoir-Faire, creates inside!

Thank you to all the businesses that help Keep Akron Beautiful, and watch the mail for your award in September.

Nominate Someone for a Beautification Watch Award

Yes, you can absolutely nominate a neighbor or business for a Beautification Watch Award. In fact, our volunteers drive through Akron neighborhoods only. They will not leave their car to look in the backyards of homes. So, if you are impressed by a neighbor’s yard (front or back), make sure to nominate them for the Keep Akron Beautiful Beautification Watch Award.

Nominations are accepted through mid August. Just call Cindy at 330.375.2116 option 1 or email us at keepakronbeautiful@akronohio.govJust make sure to tell us the address of the home or business you would like to nominate (include house or building number and street name – zip code not necessary) and I will surely put it on the list. Certificates go out some time in September.

Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter at the left of our home page to keep up with all of what Keep Akron Beautiful is doing for our great city!




Get Your Winning Dreamscape Ticket TODAY! Ticket Sales End June 4th!

By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager

Have you purchased your Dreamscape ticket yet? There are just 7 days left to purchase a ticket and make sure it is in the raffle drum on Thursday June 6th at Alexander Park. By participating in the Dreamscape Raffle, you’re not only giving yourself a chance for beautification, you’re giving all of Akron an opportunity too.

For ten years, the Dreamscape Raffle has funded Keep Akron Beautiful’s Flowerscape Program. There were 36,000 flowers planted throughout the 39 Flowerscapes in 2012, helping to beautify Akron’s landscape!

The Flowerscape at Mud Run.

This year’s lead landscape designer is Nick Roth, of Nick’s Landscaping of Ohio, LLC. Nick’s Landscaping has been a long-term vendor partner. Dave Thomas of R.G. Thomas Landscape & Design, Inc. did a fantastic job last year as lead landscape designer, transforming the backyard of David Canfield, a Copley resident. Nick has some big shoes to fill but we’re excited to see what he can do!

Joining Nick’s Landscaping in this collaborative effort,  offering goods and services for the landscape makeover areAdvanced Arboriculture, Belgard® SalesCascade Lighting, Inc.Circle K, Dayton NurseriesDonzell’s Greenhouse & Garden CenterHitchcock Fleming & Associates, Inc., Main Street Gourmet, Naragon IrrigationPam’s Perennial Plant Farm, Paul’s Greenhouse, R.B. Stout, Inc.R.G. Thomas Landscape and Design, Inc.Gates Landscaping Co.Graf Growers Garden CenterKB Compost Services, Inc.Star Printing Co. Inc.Suncrest GardensTim’s Custom Electric,  Terrascape LTD., W.L. Tucker Supply Co.,Vision Graphics & PrintingWilson Plumbing & Heating, Inc. and YES Press Printing Co.

You can join our team and help us beautify Akron! Purchase your Dreamscape Raffle ticket today! In addition to online, tickets can be purchased at the KAB office located at 850 East Market Street, Akron, or the following locations, until Monday June 3rd: Dayton Nurseries, Inc., Donzell’s Flower & Garden Center, Inc. Graf Growers Garden Center, Paul’s Greenhouse, Suncrest Gardens.

Remember, our grand prize winner from 2012 purchased his ticket online. Raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100.

The “after” photo of 2012 winner, David Canfield’s backyard makeover.

Owners of Summit County businesses or residences can enter to win a professionally designed front or back yard makeover valued at $10,000.

The winner will have until the end of June to meet with Nick Roth of Nick’s Landscaping, to create their plan for the landscape transformation the week of August 5-9, 2013. The grand prize winner may choose tomake over the front or back yard of their property

In addition to the grand prize ticket, there are three runner-up prizes. Runner-up prizes include 4 yards of mulch or compost blown into landscaped beds by TerraScape, LTD, a birdbath donated by Suncrest Gardens and a basket of gardening supplies courtesy of Graf Growers.

Flowerscape site at Alexander Park on West Market Street.