It’s going to take the rest of the growing season to get the old treated wood sign posts, with the aluminum plates, pulled out and replaced with the smaller, brown and white recycled plastic lumber versions, according to Keep Akron Beautiful, which adds it has been a three-year journey for stakeholders to make the decision after 34 years to change the cumbersome signs for a more modern, easier to maintain, symbol of public land beautification in Akron.
The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation and Bright Idea Shops, LLC, worked with the agency staff and Board of Directors to develop and produce the final sign design.
The new sign features the nonprofit’s logo and a spot for recognizing the source of funding for the volunteer gardening group for each of the large urban sites and the more than 60 neighborhood Adopt-A-Sites located in all 10 city wards. The sign posts are 100-percent recycled milk jugs-in fact, 176 milk containers are used for each post.
The actual sign board is made of post-industrial scrap from the plastic manufacturing process. The signs and imprinted inserts are all created right here in Akron.