Downtown beautification is at the forefront of DAP's goals as an important measure to make sure the Downtown Akron experience is vibrant and appealing.

DAP’s 68 sidewalk planters are found throughout the Downtown footprint, offering visitors seasonal beauty in the Downtown area.

The 37 uniquely designed planters were individually crafted by local landscaper Rick Thomas of R.G. Thomas Landscape and Design, Inc. in Akron, and the artwork on each piece was customized by Dave Thomas, Rick’s brother. The planters depict Canal Park Stadium, canal boats, the signal tree, flowers from Keep Akron Beautiful parks, the Y-bridge and other images relevant to the area.

Thirty-on additional portable planters were purchased and 54 hanging flower baskets have been added along portions of Main Street.  Downtown businesses have also been given an opportunity to adopt a planter.

Through a partnership with Keep Akron Beautiful, DAP sponsors 4 Flowerscape sites that are planned, planted and maintained by Keep Akron Beautiful.

Vibrant Initiatives