Visitors to Forest Lodge Park, one of Akron’s most visible and heavily used recreation areas, are noticing a new brick patio next to the lodge building. It’s the work of about 50 community volunteers and City of Akron workers who committed a recent Saturday morning to the neighborhood improvement project.
Several volunteers performing cleanup and spreading mulch.
Knights of Columbus families from neighboring St. Sebastian Parish, volunteers from nearby block watch groups, members of Boy Scout Troop #96, and city workers created the patio from used street brick, donated and delivered to the site by the city. Also pitching in were City Council members Marilyn Keith (Ward 8) and Russ Neal (Ward 4), and Akron’s Director of Neighborhood Assistance, John Valle.
Chris Morris is shown here preparing to install the final brick.
Acting under the supervision of Firestone High School senior Chris Morris, who coordinated the effort as his Eagle Scout project, the volunteers also installed new mulch for the park’s two playground areas and several flowerbeds. Keep Akron Beautiful provided the tools through its Community Pride trailer and West Akron Baseball League officers provided lunch for the workers when they wrapped-up.
Valle, who helped bring the groups together as a community building activity, cited the event as the city’s largest such activity of the year.