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Fun at the Open Streets Event in Akron

June 25th, 2017

We had a great time at the event and appreciate the hard work by everyone involved to make the event a success. We accessed the TowPath Trail at the Robinson Avenue Connector with our first stop at the Wilbeth Rd Trailhead. From there it was Wilbeth Road and Firestone Blvd, along the way  we greeted the friendly people at  the Bridgestone table and saw the home of the Akron Racers-Firestone Stadium. We saw the sights on Aster Avenue and then it was back to the Towpath and on to Summit Lake -we enjoyed seeing the community area, and got our Summer Biking Spree form signed at the Summit Metro Parks table. Our last segment was Kenmore we rode down Kenmore Blvd and checked out the Rialto Theatre! and the Community Center.

The pictures below are of the Summit Lake Community area and furniture built by the Youth Corps.



Barberton Better Block is at the end of next month!

June 24th, 2017
Barberton Better Block: Friday July 28 through Saturday, July 29

Barberton Better Block: Friday July 28 through Saturday, July 29

What would you say to a weekend that offers some the following activities from the Barberton Better Block partners in programming:
Akron Children’s Hospital – Free helmets
Countryside Conservatory – Farmers Market Programing
Cuyahoga Valley National Park – Barberton Quest Passports
Bike 2 Barberton Day – Bike Ride
Barberton Merchants Association – 4th Friday
Lake Anna Concert Series – Concert at Lake Anna on Friday
How We Roll – Bike Rides throughout event
Fitness Classes:
Boot Camp Class
Kids Fit Class
Other Programing:
Art Classes/Public Art
Musicians (strolling and at stage)

Below is the Barberton Better Block Event Timeline. Both event days include clean up and storage. You can be part of the fun of the event as help will be needed before, during and after the event. The event sign up is located at the Barberton Better Block website :Volunteer sign up

• Friday, July 28
10 am – 2 pm Better Block Set Up 2nd Street
4:30 pm – 5 pm Ribbon Cutting
5 pm – 10 pm Barberton Better Block 2nd Street 
5 – 10 pm Pop-up Vendors Market 
8:30 pm – 10 pm Movie on side of building 
10 pm – 11 pm Clean-up/storage

• Saturday, July 29
9 am – 11 am Bike 2 Barberton Day YMCA Parking Lot
10 am – 11 am Set up
11 am – 3 pm Barberton Better Block 2nd Street
11 am – 3 pm Farmer’s Market
11 am – 3 pm 2nd Street Café (Kave)
3- 5 pm Clean-up

The Summer Biking Spree has begun

June 17th, 2017

The Summit Metro Parks popular Biking Spree began on June 1 and will continue through the end of August. Sign up to participate, ride 5 of the trails listed on the form, submit the completed form and you will receive a license plate for your bicycle (first time participants) and a reflective sticker (all participants).

You can register online. Upon registering you can download the participation form, forms are also available at Acme Fresh Market Stores.

The trails include: The Bike & Hike, Freedom and the TowPath Trail. In addition there is a bikers choice. You can ride another section of one of the Summit Metro Parks multisurface trails.

7 weeks remain until Barberton Better Block can you help?

June 17th, 2017

A fun event is coming at the end of July! During the week ending on Saturday, July 29 you have an opportunity to help reactivate Second Street. Barberton Better Block will revitalize storefronts, encourage interested business owners to open a store on Second Street, and create a safe place for families to have fun. During Better Block, Second Street will be transformed into a walkable, bikeable, and vibrant neighborhood. Community-built installations will include outdoor seating, temporary plazas, food trucks, kids’ play areas, live entertainment and improved bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.  

Are you willing to be an essential part of this great and meaningful grass roots community project? After all, we wouldn’t want you to miss out on being part of this unique opportunity to be involved in the betterment of the City of Barberton. There are several opportunities to help before, during and after the event. 

The link below is to a volunteer sign up set up on Sign up Genius . You simply select the activity you are interested in and scroll down the page to select “submit and sign up”

Barberton Better Block: Friday July 28 through Saturday, July 29

Barberton Better Block: Friday July 28 through Saturday, July 29

Barberton will host a Switching Gears Conference

June 17th, 2017

Registration for this event has begun and will end July 19th.

AMATS (the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study) will once again host a Switching-Gears Conference – this time in Barberton, Ohio. On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, AMATS, along with the City of Barberton and the Barberton Community Foundation, will host Jason Roberts of Better Block and Charles Marohn of Strong Towns. A continental breakfast will be served beginning at 8:30, with the program beginning at 9. Mayor William Judge will be on hand to give an update about recent initiatives in the City of Barberton, followed by presentations from both of our speakers.

Lunch will be catered by White House Chicken, and attendees can choose between an afternoon bike ride or guided walk in downtown Barberton.

Support Barberton and wear purple! Attendees wearing purple will be entered into a drawing for a raffle prize. To register, please contact Martha Chandler at 330-375-2436 extension 4830. Registration will be available June 12 through July 19. Cost to attend is $15 with checks made payable to the City of Barberton. (Exact cash only on the day of the event – no change available.)



Tonight promises to be great weather for outdoor music!

June 16th, 2017

Don will be setting aside his shop tools and picking up his trombone when Lil Eddy & The Boilermakers joins the line up of bands playing at Falls DT Fridays. Bebop on the Block begins at 5 and runs to 11 PM. Lil Eddy & The Boilermakers go on at 7 pm. The address to the Pavilion at Falls River Square is 2085 Front Street.

Lil’ Eddy & Boilermakers with Don ,(the D) on trombone

“Lil Eddy & the Boilermakers is an exciting, fun, entertaining dance band, from swing to Motown and R&B, kickin’ brass or beautiful dinner music we play it all, as well as special requests to fit your program. A premier dance band with horns and strong vocals the band does special occasions, swing and Mardigras shows as well as weddings, corporate events and night clubs. Vocalist and pianist Eddy with his unique piano style leads the band in old and new standards with a personal flare, captivating audiences of all ages. The bands instrumentation allows for a wide range of diverse sounds.Always in mind, dance dance dance.”

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