Akron Cleveland Association of Realtors®Helping to Enhance Akron Neighborhood with the Creation of Healing Garden

By Kelli Moss posted 05-13-2021 12:20:15 PM


Akron Cleveland Association of Realtors®(ACAR) will use a $4,500 Placemaking grant from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) to help transform unused space in Akron into a vibrant, public destination for community use and enjoyment. The grant was designed by NAR to ensure local Realtor®Associations are partnering with other neighboring organizations to plan, organize, implement and maintain lighter, quicker, cheaper placemaking projects in their communities. ACAR will use the funds to support a pocket park with a healing garden in the Maple Valley/Copley Road business district.They will partner with the Great Streets Initiative, Keep Akron Beautiful, Maple Valley Merchants Business Association, area block clubs, and the Progressive Alliance CDC 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,” saidBeth Rodgers, ACAR president. This grant gives us a tangible, immediate opportunity to identify and address areas in Akron that are in need of 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.

NAR offers Placemaking Grants to state and local Realtor®Associations around the country to 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. “As the Akron area becomes more attractive and welcoming, nearby properties may also increase in value,” saidRodgers.For more information on placemaking opportunities with ACAR, visit