The city will give up to $100,000 each to the winning proposals. Other organizations, like the Knight Foundation, are also pitching in to make these initial projects feasible.
Kyle Kutuchief, the Akron program director for the Knight Foundation, says this allows residents to have a say in the improvements.
“This is an opportunity for the city to kind of rethink ‘What should a park be?’ ‘What purpose should it serve? ‘What amenities should it have?’” Kutuchief says.
The deadline to apply is April 30.