The Courtyard Garden is located between the Harold K. Stubbs Justice Center, Summit County Prosecutor's Office and the Summit County Courthouse. There is access to the garden from S. High Street or from the stairs off of Broadway Street.
The Courtyard Garden project is a beautification plan, motivated by Projects for Public Spaces (PPS), to transform the current courtyard, which is overgrown by ivy, trees, and shrubs, into a beautiful garden sanctuary. It is important to build public spaces that people can enjoy. The goal is to create an urban oasis that inspires communal experience. It should be a destination that is contemplative and nurturing and fosters a sense of harmony.
The plan is to move the courtyard beyond being just a pathway to adjoining buildings. The garden will serve as a memorial to past public servants, as a tribute to current public servants and patrons and a place for people to come together. In spring 2012, the transformation of the courtyard will begin. Plans include an underground irrigation system, blooming and hardy plants, shrubs and trees, benches, durable patio furniture with colorful umbrellas, art, and a possible water feature. Planned to become one of Akron’s featured downtown destinations, artistic programming, food vending and special kiosks will help shape and define the site into an authentic and inspiring place to visit. Ongoing maintenance and support for the garden will be provided for by an endowment.