Akron Civic Commons

A great civic asset has the ability to make visitors feel welcome, connect neighbors, and allow people to take responsibility for and own our public spaces. Reimagining the Civic Commons is a national initiative focused on the idea that a connected set of civic assets - a civic commons - can generate more equitably shared prosperity across cities and neighborhoods.

One of five cities selected for a $5 million grant, Akron is currently on a three-year journey to apply this theory to public spaces along the Towpath Trail. The Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition along with a growing team of partners are working in downtown Akron, Park East, and Summit Lake to reinvigorate public space through civic engagement.

To learn more about the local project, visit the Akron Civic Commons website. To learn more about the national initiative, visit the Reimagining the Civic Commons website.