The City of Akron, Akron Parks Collaborative and Wild4Ever Announce New Opportunities to Improve Your Neighborhood Park
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~ The City of Akron has been working in partnership with the Akron Parks Collaborative (APC) since 2018 to revitalize neighborhood parks. To better communicate their mission and provide access to important information, APC has launched a new website at, which features a new logo and strategic plan.

In addition, APC is offering two new award opportunities for park improvement projects. The Akron Parks Collaborative Micro-Grants supported by the City of Akron will award grants between $1,000 and $10,000 with a total of $20,000 in funds available. Projects must be physical improvements to parks including but not limited to seating, landscaping, animal attractants (such as butterfly houses), kiosks, signage, artistic elements, and play features (such as chess tables, disc golf, cornhole).

The Nature in our Neighborhood Grants funded by the Wild4Ever Foundation will award two $5,000 grants for projects helping to support native wildlife and native flora in a City of Akron park. Neighborhood awardees will work with APC to design the park "wild space" which is expected to include creating new native plant areas and could include installing animal attractants like butterfly houses and seating.

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To better serve individuals and groups interested in stewarding their city parks, APC will be hosting several listening sessions throughout the city this month. Those interested are encouraged to attend so that they can share why neighborhood parks matter to them; share how APC can best support their ongoing stewardship; and learn more about this year's micro grants. A meal will be provided at each session and registration is free but required through or directly at (

Since 2018 over $2 million of city and private dollars have been invested in neighborhood parks through the Akron Parks Challenge program which invites residents to pitch their vision for how to improve their favorite Akron park by collaborating with their neighborhood to support design implementation and upkeep.

For further information contact Bridget Ambrisco Executive Director of Akron Parks Collaborative at 330-801-5255 or via email at [email protected]

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