New Art Park to Enrich Downtown Akron
- Jul 13, 2015
By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor
Akron Art Museum is making good on its promise to play a leading role in the cultural, civic and economic development of the city of Akron. On Thursday, the museum announced its plans to build a one-acre art park in the downtown area.
The Bud and Susie Rogers Garden will be located along the south side of the museum. Not only will it reinvigorate the one-acre site, but it will also create a new civic commons in the heart of downtown. The park will be open to the public and will offer a wide range of activities, from introspection, exploration, social interactions and meaningful art experiences. It will also include bike trails, a picnic area and outdoor space for yoga.
“The Bud and Susie Rogers Garden will function as an art park and community space that will transform the urban landscape of downtown,” said Mark Masuoka, executive director & CEO of the museum. “The garden is just the first drop that will create a ripple effect of cultural development that we will champion in the blocks surrounding the current footprint of the museum.”
Masuoka also expressed his thanks to the city of Akron and Rick and Alita Rogers, who made the project possible. The garden is named after Rick Rogers’ parents, Bruce “Bud” Rogers and his wife, Suzanne “Susie” Rogers, two longtime community volunteers and museum supporters.
OLIN Partners, a Philadelphia-based landscape architecture firm, designed the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. Work on the project is scheduled to start this month. The grand opening of the garden is planned for the spring of 2016.