Akron-Summit County Library Green Branch Wins Mayor’s Property Beautification Award
Green, Ohio – Mayor Dick Norton has selected the Akron-Summit County Green Branch Library as the first recipient of the Mayor’s Property Beautification Award. This award is given to businesses/not-for-profits for outstanding efforts to beautify the City of Green. Green Branch Library won the 2012 Mayor’s Award for its new sensory garden, a NatureConnect Place, located in the library’s outdoor courtyard.
The garden which features both vegetables and flowers also provides habitat for birds and other wildlife. It was also designed with humans in mind who are encouraged to take advantage of this outdoor setting while reading, eating lunch or simply observing the beautiful scenery. The garden was created in collaboration with The Friends of Green Library, Eagle Scout Mark Klein and Boy Scout Troup 336.
“The joint effort to create this peaceful, public garden space really demonstrated the goal of this contest to beautify and enhance our community,” said Mayor Dick Norton. “Congratulations to the Green Library and all involved with this project.”
The City’s Planning Department has hosted the annual beautification awards for residents and businesses/not-for-profits for the past three years to promote the beautification of the City of Green.
The Green residential winner was Diane Kramanak of 3694 Troon Drive, who won in the “water feature with landscaping” category. Kramanak’s son, Ryan, submitted the beautification application, unbeknownst to his mom. According to the application, Ryan “entered this contest to surprise my mom, who puts countless hours into the beautification of our home.”
The winner received a gift certificate to Hoffman’s Garden Center and a $125 donation presented in her name to Green Good Neighbors. Mayor Norton will present a plaque to commemorate the first Mayor’s Property Beautification award winner to the Library in early October.
“We would like to extend a very sincere ‘thank you’ to all this year’s applicants,” said Wayne Wiethe, director of planning. “The effort and creativity expressed by these property owners was extremely gratifying.”
The fourth annual property beautification contest rules and applications will be available on the city’s website, www.cityofgreen.org, in April 2013.
The City of Green, Ohio, founded in 1992, is a prosperous, progressive and promising city with more than 25,000 residents. Approximately 33.5 square-miles, Green is located in southern Summit County. Visit www.cityofgreen.org.