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@Play Brings Art and Activities to Akron's Neighborhoods throughout July

@Play "chief catalyst" Mac Love has planned a busy month of activites for akron's neighborhoods.
@Play "chief catalyst" Mac Love has planned a busy month of activites for akron's neighborhoods.

A project in Akron to connect residents to their neighborhoods is hoping to bring them together through a series of events and activities this month.

@Play was a 2017 Knight Cities Challenge grant winner. Its focus is to provide Akron’s 24 neighborhoods with public art displays, theater productions and events like pool parties.

Mac Love bills himself as @Play’s “chief catalyst” and project leader.

The project's goal

“There is just treasure everywhere in every neighborhood and if we can kind of dust those things off and invest in them a little bit, maybe help transition them to something a little more functional and purposeful for people today, we can building a foundation, a bridge to the future that no other place will ever be able to have,” he said.

Love says the project’s initiatives and ideas come from community feedback.

@Play's July events include:

  • Plein Air Painting in the Park: July 9, 5:30p.m. @ Hardesty Park
  • Reservoir Park Pool Party: July 13, 4p.m. @ Reservoir Park Community Center
  • Perkins Woods Pool Party: July 14, 4p.m. @ Perkins Woods Pool
  • Exhibit Opening Reception: July 14, 5p.m. @ 157 S. Main St.

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Tyler Thompson was a reporter and on-air host for 89.7 NPR News. Thompson, originally from northeast Ohio, has spent the last three years working as a Morning Edition host and reporter at NPR member station KDLG Public Radio and reporter at the Bristol Bay Times Newspaper in Dillingham, Alaska.
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