Downtown – Akron, Ohio
We’ve heard many good things about Akron through the years. Upon a recent visit it was inspiring to see how much has been done to make their downtown a beautiful well-designed space. Some of the placemaking ideas we observed are detailed below.
Custom Designed Cast-Concrete Planters
These one-of-a-kind planters are throughout the downtown. They are each individually painted with different themes.
United Commerce Park
Assemblage featuring design elements from Akron.
Wooden fence artistically transformed.
Chameleon Cafe Akron
Vacant Lot with Mural Wall
Akron Public Library
The Public Library has an extensive maker space.
Bike repair station.
Rube Goldberg styled machine on hill slope.
Kinesthetic sculptures and mushroom sculptures provide a bit of happy and whimsy.
John S. Knight Center
This convention center has a welcoming well-appointed plaza to the front. We happened to visit on the last Friday that a vendor was preparing lunch outside for visitors to purchase. A sculpture anchors the plaza. Adirondack chairs provide for comfort. And some picnic tables give a space for outdoor dining.
Akron Art Museum
The Bud and Susie Rogers Garden provides extensive outdoor public space for gatherings and performances.