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Forest Lodge gets new patio thanks to Scouts, volunteers

10/10/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Jeff Davis
WEST AKRON — Visitors to Forest Lodge Park will notice a new brick patio next to the lodge building.

The new patio is the work of about 50 community volunteers and city of Akron workers who committed a recent Saturday morning, Sept. 14, to the neighborhood improvement project.

Knights of Columbus families from neighboring St. Sebastian Parish, volunteers from nearby block watch groups, members of Boy Scout Troup No. 96 and city workers created the patio from used street brick, donated and delivered to the site by the city. Also pitching in were City Council members Marilyn Keith (D-Ward 8) and Russ Neal (D-Ward 4) and Akron’s Director of Neighborhood Assistance, John Valle.

Acting under the supervision of Firestone High School senior Chris Morris, who coordinated the effort as his Eagle Scout project, the volunteers also installed new mulch for the park’s two playground areas and several flowerbeds. Keep Akron Beautiful provided the tools through its Community Pride trailer, and West Akron Baseball League officers provided lunch for the workers when they wrapped up.

Shown above, Chris thanks some of the 50 volunteers who laid the brick patio.  

Valle, who helped bring the groups together as a community-building activity, cited the event as the city’s largest such activity of the year.

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