AKRON, Ohio – The City of Akron and the Akron Parks Collaborative have scheduled the annual ‘Akron Parks Week’ to begin Saturday, Oct. 3, with volunteer tree-planting events set for Saturday and Sunday.
Volunteers can register to plant trees while maintaining social distancing at Erie Island in West Akron on Oct. 3 or Joy Park in East Akron on Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration options are available for individuals or groups of 10 or fewer, and can be found here for Erie Island and here for Joy Park.
Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said in a news release that “clean, green and accessible” public areas are crucial for the well-being of residents and neighborhoods.
“The challenges of 2020 have further demonstrated the essential value of our parks and public spaces within our neighborhoods,” Horrigan said. “Each Akron family deserves access to healthy, vibrant parks in which to play, reflect and enjoy the natural world.”
Deputy Mayor James Hardy said the tree-planting events, which are sponsored by The Davey Tree Expert Company, will help add to Akron’s tree canopy.
“A healthy, robust urban tree canopy provides numerous community benefits, including removing pollutants and carbon from the air, reducing peak stormwater flows, enhancing property values through neighborhood beautification, providing wildlife habitat, reducing summer peak temperatures, and improving social ties among neighbors as well as adding to the overall sense of safety in a community,” Hardy said.
As a coronavirus-related health precaution, tree-planting volunteers are asked to bring their own pair of work gloves, shovel and garden rake, the city said. Participants who cannot bring those items can request them by emailing Recreation Supervisor Greg Nyburg at [email protected] While supplies last, volunteers will receive a free Akron Parks Week t-shirt and a sapling for personal planting.
Residents who cannot participate in a planting event can pick up a sapling at Joy Park or Erie Island for personal planting from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Oct. 3 and 4, while supplies last.
For more information, visit AkronParks.org.