The Akron Cleveland Association of Realtors® (ACAR) will use a $4,850 placemaking grant to help transform unused space in Parma Heights into a vibrant, public destination for community use and enjoyment.
The grant allows ACAR to be a community partner to help support lighter, quicker, cheaper placemaking projects throughout Cuyahoga County, Portage County, and Summit County.
ACAR will use the funds to support an ADA-compliant pocket park at the intersection of Pearl Road and Reservoir Road. They will partner with the city of Parma Heights, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (donated the site), the Parma Heights Garden Club and Historical Society, along with Architect R. J. Priest, on this project, who will also be contributing garden planning, ongoing maintenance, and volunteering with park implementation.
"Realtors® live, work and volunteer in their communities and take immense pride in our work to make our neighborhoods better places to live, work and raise a family,” said Beth Rodgers, ACAR president. “This grant gives us a tangible, immediate opportunity to identify and address areas in Parma Heights that need enhancement and revitalization and can be used for the greater good. Placemaking can help foster healthier, more social and economically viable communities, and creates places where people feel a strong stake in their neighborhoods and are committed to making things better.”
Placemaking grants create new public spaces and destinations in a community, such as turning a parking spot into a people spot (parklet) or a vacant lot into a pocket park or garden. An additional 2021 grant was announced for a healing garden in Akron. For more information on placemaking opportunities with ACAR, visit www.AkronClevelandRealtors.com. Keyword: placemaking.