Akron is promoting its park and public spaces with a week of celebration, activities and volunteerism in June.
Coordinated by the city’s Akron Parks Collaborative, the inaugural Akron Parks Week will be held June 8-15. It’s an effort “to rally the community” around the idea “that clean, safe, vibrant and accessible public spaces are essential building blocks to strong neighborhoods and healthy quality of life,” the city said in releasing the week’s lineup, which includes music, beautification projects, family yoga, cornhole, pickleball, theatrical performances, educational talks and other activities for all ages in each of the city’s 10 wards.
“We’re inviting neighbors to explore their community assets, find opportunities to shape our shared public spaces, and rediscover the places that truly make Akron unique,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said in an emailed statement. “Our parks belong to all of us, and we’re all responsible for shaping what they look like and how we utilize them.”
There will be multiple opportunities to volunteer, from planting flowers to mulching, painting and picking up trash.
“As a thank-you, our volunteers will receive a free T-shirt and discounted admission to a volunteer appreciation event at the RubberDucks game June 15, complete with a group photo in the outfield after the game,” said Akron Parks Collaborative Director Bridget Ambrisco.
Here’s the activity schedule for the week:
June 8 (Saturday)
• Volunteer opportunities from 10 a.m. to noon at Goodyear Heights Public Square, Hereford Park, Joy Park, Lisa Ann Park, Slosson Park and Waters Park.
• Volunteer opportunities from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Davenport Park, Hardesty Park, Heintz-Hillcrest Park and Stoner Hawkins Park.
• Hardesty Park: Yoga at 6 p.m. and Murfies Law, an old school rock n’ roll band, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Waters Park: Shuffle board and pickleball instruction at the tennis courts and meditation at the amphitheater from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
• Stoner Hawkins Park: Nutritional and personal training demo, and game night (cornhole, three-legged race, egg toss, hula hoops, etc.) at 6:30 p.m.
• Goodyear Heights Public Square: Educational talk in the Gazebo, family yoga in the green space at 4:30 p.m.
• Heintz-Hillcrest Park: Creative planting (sign up) and pickleball instruction at the tennis courts at 6:30 p.m.
• Joy Park: Games starting at 7 p.m. with concessions and an 8:30 p.m. showing of the animated movie “Hotel Transylvania 3”.
• Lisa Ann Park: Theater activity with Kenmore Kreative near the playground and yoga at 6 p.m.
• Davenport Park: DJ, cornhole and chalk art from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
• Slosson Park: Chess instruction and games, plus bubble making from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Lock 3: Kids Fest with complimentary snacks, a ninja course and inflatables for the general public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. then from 4 to 6 p.m. exclusively for the week’s volunteers.