by Julie Ann Madden
Akron councilors gave their verbal support of the Akron Summer Detour celebration being planned for July 19 – 21, but tabled a street closures decision for a second time at their Feb. 12 meeting.
“You’re doing a great job,” Councilor Chad Ericson told celebration coordinators Dawn Parks, Nicole Jurgensen and Jessica Minor. “You’re getting everything organized and I don’t see anything that sticks out as a really bad idea. I think you have a lot of really good ideas here although we shouldn’t approve everything lock, stock and barrel at this point because you still have a lot of planning to do.”
The three explained they were planning for three days of “family-oriented fun for all ages to come out and celebrate Akron.”
Friday, July 19 will include a sand volleyball tournament, a pig roast, and variety show. Plans include holding the sand volleyball tournament in the vacant city-owned lot between Akron Lanes and the Akron Post Office and closing Third Street from Reed to the alley one-half block south from 5:00 p.m. for the pig roast and to the end of the variety show.
Saturday morning’s itinerary includes a 5K Run/Walk at 7:30 a.m., more sand volleyball at 9 a.m. and lawn mower/tricycle obstacle races at 10 a.m.
For the obstacle races, Second Street from Reed to Mill Street would be closed.
Saturday afternoon there would be water fights on Third Street where the pig roast and variety show had been held the night before. Third Street would be closed again from Reed to the south alley.
From 5 to 7 p.m., there would be bed races, followed by a street dance. The coordinators had tentatively planned to have Reed Street closed from the Akron Post Office to Dirks Hardware. Maynard’s Foods would be accessible until it closes at 8 p.m.
The bed races may interfere with set up for the street dance band, The Rude Band, on Reed Street. Therefore, the coordinators will do more planning on this. It was suggested that maybe the bed races could be held on Third Street. The races need at least 1.5 blocks in length.
The street dance would go until 1 a.m. with The Vets Club and Chuggers having beer gardens.
On Sunday, there would be a kids’ fun day in the Akron City Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Akron Summer Detour celebration would conclude with a car show on Reed Street between Dirks Hardware and the Akron Post Office.
The councilors’ consensus was in support of the celebration and to have the coordinators bring their request to the March 26 meeting as by then they would have the bed races’ location, security details, street closures, insurance and advertising budgets finalized.