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Historic steps get spruced up

5/2/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Photos: Dale Dong
AKRON — The historic Glendale Steps were treated to a spring cleanup April 27 by volunteers with the Preservation Alliance of Greater Akron, who worked to clear brush and debris at the site.

The effort also involved firefighters from Akron’s Fire Station No. 3, as shown at top right with volunteer Stormy Harold, of the Portage Lakes area.

Volunteer Tresa Harold, also of the Portage Lakes area, is shown at bottom right as she weeds an overgrown border in front of the historic marker at the site.

According to city of Akron officials, the steps were built during a two-year period, from 1936 to 1937, with labor by Works Progress Administration workers. The 242 steps proceed down from South Walnut Street to Glendale Avenue.

The project was one of several that took place in Akron that day. The effort was part of the 32nd annual Clean Up Akron Month and the Great American Cleanup. Following a morning of work, volunteers were treated to a picnic at the Akron Zoo.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

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