Akron Cleveland Association of Realtors® is Helping to Enhance Collinwood with Pocket Park

By Kelli Moss posted 08-07-2019 16:01


The Akron Cleveland Association of Realtors® (ACAR) has received a $5,000.00 Placemaking grant from the National Association of Realtors® to help make Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood a better place to live by transforming an unused space into vibrant public space for the community to gather and enjoy. 

The grant is intended to help Realtor Associations partner with others to plan, organize, implement and maintain Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper placemaking projects in their communities

ACAR will use the funds to support a pocket park the Greater Collinwood Development Corporation is creating to give area residents and visitors a welcoming space to gather outdoors for a variety of social activities near the Five Pointe Community Center (before photo shown here).

“Realtors® live, work and volunteer in their communities and take immense pride in working to improve them,” said Judy Gorbett Darwal, ACAR President. “Placemaking can help foster healthier, more social and economically viable communities. It creates places where people feel a strong stake in their neighborhoods and are committed to making things better. This grant will allow us to address areas in our community that could benefit from this type of revitalization and create a place where friends and neighbors can come together.”

Placemaking grants are awarded to local and state Realtor® associations to help them and their members create new public spaces and destinations in a community, like turning a parking spot into a people spot (parklet) or a vacant lot into a pocket park or garden. Realtor® associations and their Realtor® members are actively engaged in the community and know the neighborhoods and the properties that would benefit most from these placemaking projects. 

“As the Collinwood neighborhood becomes more attractive and welcoming, nearby properties may also increase in value,” said Darwal. 

For more information about Collinwood, visit: https://www.greatercollinwood.org/.