Akron, OH (November 3, 2015) - The Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition has received a $10,000 grant from the Decker Endowment Fund for Families of Akron Community Foundation to support the iTowpath Trail Enhancement and Community Connectivity Project. Akron Community Foundation President and CEO John T. Petures Jr. announced the grant after it was approved by the community foundation’s board on September 18, 2015.
Dan Rice, president and CEO of Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, said the funds would be used to continue iTowpath, a project funded in early 2015 by the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation to enhance and activate the Towpath Trail in downtown Akron. Projects already completed as part of the project include enhancements to the Richard Howe House Exploration Garden, bicycle service stations in key locations throughout downtown, and a the completion of a sidewalk connector trail from the Towpath Trail to the Akron Zoo.
“We are very grateful for the support of the Akron Community Foundation as we continue to make connections and improve the Towpath Trail through iTowpath,” Rice said.
Celebrating 60 years of building community philanthropy, Akron Community Foundation embraces and enhances the work of charitable people who make a permanent commitment to the good of the community. In 1955, a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edwin Shaw established the community foundation. Today, it is a philanthropic endowment of nearly $191 million with a growing family of 500 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life. The community foundation and its funds welcome gifts of all kinds, including cash, bequests, stock, real estate, life insurance and retirement assets, just to name a few. To date, the community foundation’s funds have awarded approximately $127 million in grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information about Akron Community Foundation or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, call 330-376-8522 or visit www.akroncf.org.