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New $315,700 playground gets public input and private support

Private philanthropists are providing a 2:1 match for a $100,000 city grant to replace a playground in a low-income neighborhood near downtown. On the eastern side of the Ohio & Erie Canal behind the Henry A. Callis Tower in the Park East neighborhood, the $315,700 community project aims to reimagine a mulch playground and unused tennis courts to make the space comfortable and secure for visitors and residents, including many young children. The reconstruction of the playground is scheduled to begin in October. It’ll be the fifth partnership between the city of Akron, local private organizations and Kaboom! Inc., a national outfit that engages local communities to reclaim and design recreational space.

Continue reading full article by Doug Livingston on Akron Beachon Journal.


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