Blighted area restored to appealing usefulness

Project EverGreen has been active in Akron, Ohio, raising public awareness about the benefits of maintained public and private green spaces. Ever since Akron was chosen as the home of the first EverGreen Zone initiative for Project EverGreen’s national education program, Project Evergreen has been on a mission to increase sales of green industry products and services.

The public education program culminated in September with the massive renovation of a blighted public green space. To pull off this massive project, Project EverGreen brought together local Akron contractors, City of Akron and public works officials, and the people of Akron, including 300 volunteers from the JCC Maccabi Games (an annual international Olympic-style, athletic, cultural and social event that has united Jewish teens).

The newly designed green space serves as home to bocce courts, cornhole and many other fun activities. Volunteers completely overhauled the park, creating a permanent and tangible reminder of the benefits of green spaces and the EverGreen Zone initiative.

To celebrate the renovation, Deputy Mayor Dave Lieberth, Ohio Landscape Association President Sandy Munley, and Mulch Mule owner Todd Pugh joined Project EverGreen at the renovated park to recognize everyone who helped. Companies and organizations recognized included the following:

Akron Metro RTA
Blossom Music Center
Carter Lumber
City of Akron
Clear Channel Communications
Drake Landscaping
Ellet High School FFA Advisors
Ferry Morse Seed Company
Graf Growers Garden Center
Impact Landscaping
Keep Akron Beautiful
Lakeside Sand & Gravel, Inc.
Master Gardeners of Summit County
Mulch Mule
Ohio Landscape Association
Outdoor Concepts
Rubber City Radio
Seiberling Nature Realm
Suncrest Gardens
Vizmeg Landscape
Western Reserve Academy
Willoway Nursery