Got an idea to perk up your Akron neighborhood park?
Residents can win up to $100,000 to improve their favorite Akron park through the second annual Akron Parks Challenge.
The application process opened Monday and closes April 30.
Interested organizations can apply at www.akronparks.org/akron-parks-challenge.html to share their ideas for their chosen park and plans to gather community support for the project.
This year, two winners will be chosen to work with their neighborhood and determine how to best spend up to $100,000 in funding.
“Neighborhood residents and organizations are not only asked to give their ideas for improvements but, even more importantly, their ideas for engaging their community around the process,” Bridget Ambrisco, executive director of the nonprofit Akron Parks Collaborative, said in a news release.
The nonprofit Akron Parks Collaborative is a spinoff organization of the Friends of Metro Parks.
The Akron Parks Collaborative and a selection committee of its partners, including representatives from Akron City Council, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Akron Civic Commons, will review submissions.
Submissions will be judged based on feasibility, sustainability, equity and impact on the neighborhood. Finalists will be interviewed in May, and successful applicants will be announced by early June.
“As leaders, we know the transformational power that safe and accessible public spaces have in building a sense of well-being and connectedness in our neighborhoods,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said in a news release.
Last year, 68 applications were submitted, representing all 10 wards, and three parks were selected: Cadillac Park in West Akron, Chestnut Ridge in Kenmore and Reservoir Park in Goodyear Heights.
Construction of improvements in these parks is underway and will be completed by midsummer. A summary of the 2018 Akron Parks Challenge projects is available at https://bit.ly/2WFt4hR.
“I look forward to seeing what our community comes up with this year,” Horrigan said. “Akron, you set the vision, we’ll bring it to life.”
To learn more or submit your idea, please visit www.AkronParks.org.