On 28 August by MS in , , , ,    No comments
An original and well-preserved Goodyear-built Heights home, this English Cottage-style house constructed in 1920 features 3 bedrooms and 1 bath in a total of 1,282 sq. ft. The stucco exterior exudes lots of charm and much of the interior has been finished in contemporary colors. An updated kitchen includes many gourmet features, including a true professional-level cooktop. Original features like a brick fireplace and handsome staircase hall help this house retain much of its early 20th-century charm, while providing needed modern upgrades.

The home features a spacious and shady backyard with 2 patio areas that are perfect for entertaining – with a brick pizza oven, a smoking pit and a separate firepit. Basement has roughed in plumbing for bath
Notes: 490 Saint Leger Ave. Akron, OH 44305/ 3 bedrooms and 1 baths; ready to move in.  The home has gas forced air heat and includes  Professional Cooktop / Oven & Refrigerator. For more details, click HERE.
On 30 July by MS in , , , ,    No comments
Be sure to join us Tuesday, August 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at RESERVOIR PARK - it's time to celebrate our annual Community Night Out Against Crime! Every year, Goodyear Heights has one of the largest celebrations in the city, as people throughout Akron's many neighborhoods turn out to have fun, make new friends, learn about their community and find out how we can keep our streets safe and crime free.

There's a lot going on across the city of Akron, and this is your chance to find out more about city programs, public safety and the positive changes that are coming to our neighborhood - including Reservoir Park and the Goodyear Boulevard business district. Bring the kids and join the fun as this family-friendly event.

On 09 July by Goodyear Heights in , , , , , , ,    No comments
Wednesday July 11 through Tuesday July 18 we are conducting Observational Surveys at Reservoir Park.  We are looking for two people to stand/sit at the park and just note how many people are using the facilities and what areas are they using.  This will allow us to better assess what things are worth keeping and what things may be replaced.  If you and a friend could spare a little time please either schedule using Signup Genius - or let Sharon Connor know and she will put you in.....


On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, we will be researching Historical Housing at the Goodyear Library from 10 am to 4 pm.  We will show you how simple this can be and we will work together to confirm the style of housing within the historical area.

Friday is our Reservoir Park Pool Party from 4 pm to 7 pm Come and celebrate the artwork done by many of our neighbors and friends along with Mac Love @ play.

GHCAC will be hosting their Cookout on Friday evening from 6 to 9 at the corner of Goodyear and Honodle.

If you are able to volunteer with any of the above activities your help would be most appreciated...there is a lot to do - and "many hands will make it go much more quickly"

On 01 May by Goodyear Heights in , , , , , , ,    No comments
Want to get some exercise and learn about Goodyear Heights? We’ll be leading walks around historic Goodyear Heights on Saturday, May 5th, as part of the Jane’s Walk Program, founded to honor legendary urbanist Jane Jacobs.  We are featuring two walks, one at 10:am and another at 1:00pm; there are two routes to choose from: one is slightly flatter, wheelchair accessible and easier for older adults; the other travels uphill and is slightly more challenging. Both walks will discuss the history of the neighborhood, how it was designed, the various house styles and stories about the neighborhood.

Walks will start at Malasia Park, at the corner of Malasia Rd. and Emerson St., and will take approximately an hour. Refreshments will be served at the Gazebo Park after each of the walks and will be provided by R.I.G.H.T. Dogs are permitted on both routes.

If you want to have breakfast before the 10am walk, we highly recommend Julian’s on Pioneer!

On 08 April by Goodyear Heights in , , ,    No comments
Under the direction of local artist Mac Love, Goodyear Heights residents came to Reservoir Park on April 7th and 8th to decorate some murals that will be installed in the park when the weather breaks. It was chilly—just in the upper 30s—but organizers were able to move some of the work inside to accommodate the cold temperatures.

The project was directed by Love and @PLAYAkron, a Knight Cities project that is working to create interactive art projects in every Akron neighborhood.

If you notice a lot of water in the painted works—it’s no accident. Organizers developed the theme of “Akron’s Water” for Reservoir Park because it plays such an important and historic role in the city’s development. After many years of pulling water out of Manning’s Pond, Summit Lake and old wells on Sherbondy Hill, the city fathers—led by the head of the Chamber of Commerce, the Mayor and the Engineering Department, decided to build a brand-new water system in 1912. The new city reservoir would be built at the top of Goodyear Heights, with the water pumped in from the Upper Cuyahoga River watershed. The main plant was built in Kent at Lake Rockwell, and the lined passed southwest, through Tallmadge and then through the heart of Goodyear Heights.

One of Akron's new City Water Mains being installed in Goodyear Heights.
Thanks to the work of our kids and adults, all of Akron gets to share this story as we enhance the look of Reservoir Park through these colorful and exciting murals. Additional painting work will be done by local artists as the weather improves. Thanks to all who came to help!

On 07 April by Goodyear Heights in , , ,    No comments
We know it’s been cold…but now is the time to Think Spring! The RIGHT Committee is now collecting Pre-Orders for our Annual Plant Sale. The pre-orders must be in by April 24. We will also offer a limited number of flats, hanging baskets and individual flowers and vegetables on a first-come-first serve basis. The on-site sale will be held on Saturday May 9th, from 9 to 1 pm at the Good Neighbors Food Pantry, located at 1453 Goodyear Blvd. We'd love to see you!

Keep in mind that his is the only fundraiser that we host, and the monies are used to cover a variety of items that many of our grants will not cover (such as food for volunteers). For more information, or to have an Order Form emailed to you, contact Mike Herhold at 330-784-4012, or mikeherho@aol.com
On 21 March by Goodyear Heights in , ,    No comments
Our Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held again at Reservoir Park on Saturday, March 31 at NOON, so be sure to plan ahead so you can be there! If you received the RIGHT Newsletter, note that the original date printed there was incorrect (we had to move the date forward a week, and it was already at the printer). Please bring your children, along with their Easter basket, bucket of bag so they can have a great time collecting eggs!
On 20 March by Goodyear Heights in , , ,    No comments
If you use public transportation or know someone that does, you will want to attend one of Metro’s Public Outreach Meetings this spring. The transit authority will be re-organizing its bus routes, and they need you input. Most meetings include a formal presentation and a chance for you to air your views. Open houses will be held at the Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center (downtown AT 613 s. Broadway) – here are the dates:



Akron Public Schools has positions open for  paraprofessionals (full time and substitute educational assistants), office support staff, and Librarian resource center technicians. For employment consideration, pre-apply at this link before attending the fair:  http://applitrack.com/akron/onlineapp/
Conrad C. Ott Staff Development Center
65 Steiner Ave. – Akron, OH

On 05 March by Goodyear Heights in , , , ,    No comments
While we have been happy that the vast majority of Goodyear Heights residents have responded positively to the effort to have the neighborhood designated as a National Register Historic District, we still come across folks who did not attend one of last year’s series of RIGHT Committee meetings where we explained the project and what it could mean for the neighborhood. For those who missed the meetings, or who do not understand our goals, we would suggest reading this post: “SUPPORT OUR EFFORT” – which provides the basic facts about what designation means—and DOES NOT mean.

We want to clear up any misconceptions that people may have, especially for those who are worried that designation forces you to make improvements to your property. Nothing could be further from the truth; in fact, we chose the approach of National Register designation specifically because it would not add any extra financial burden on homeowners.

That said, we will be providing a wide range of education and informational resources to residents who do want to preserve and restore the historic character of their home and that of the neighborhood. We’ll be offering workshops, booklets, advice and many other resources to encourage our residents to preserve and enhance their home’s value. At some point in the future, we’d also like to work with public and non-profit foundations to offer some additional assistance—like grants and loans for repair and restoration. For additional facts about our effort, you can download a Q&A HERE.
On 21 January by Goodyear Heights in , , , ,    No comments
The more walkable your neighborhood, the more valuable your home, studies say. To boost your neighborhood’s walkability — which translates into how easily you can walk to stores, schools, restaurants, places of employment and parks — you can either get more close-by amenities, or make it easier to walk to what already exists.

For those who have lived in Goodyear Heights for many years, it’s clear that a lot of the neighborhood conveniences do not exist like they used to—grocery stores being a prime example. But making the most of what we have and encouraging future development on a small, neighborhood scale can go a long way towards enhancing walkability.

How much is that walkability worth?
Having shops and gathering spots like schools and restaurants located within a quarter-mile to one-mile from the homes in your neighborhood can add from $4,000 to $34,000 to home values, according to “Walking the Walk,” a study from CEOs for Cities, a nonprofit that works to improve cities. The rate of increase usually depended on the size of the city, with higher values in larger cities, and more moderate values in smaller cities.

What are walkable communities?
Dan Burden, founder of Walkable Communities, defines them with his a 12-step checklist, which includes:

•    Great public places for people to to get together and socialize
•    Speed-controlled key streets
•    Pedestrian-centric design
•    A town or neighborhood center with a wide variety of shops and businesses

How do I make my neighborhood more walkable?
To have great walkability, you start with having something worth walking to, such as restaurants, small shops or parks, and a critical mass of people living around those amenities. To make a difference, get your neighbors together and go talk to local officials. Your group can push the planning and zoning board for changes that make your town more walkable, like adjusting zoning to allow limited commercial development where it can do the most good.

Contact groups like the Better Block Foundation, who has organized planning and demonstration projects in North Hill, Middlebury and Kenmore. They are great when it comes to showing residents how they can improve neighborhood commercial areas and make them more pedestrian-friendly. On Twitter, you can connect at @akronbb.

Residents will want to mingle somewhere, too. See how you can support and expand public spaces where you can mix and socialize (think library, park, coffee shop) to increase your neighborhood’s walkability. Goodyear Heights has these amenities available—we just have to make the most of them.

To heighten and improve walkability, it’s critical to make the streets kinder to walkers and keep cars under control. Put these items on your city planning list:

•More and wider sidewalks; bike lanes where practical.
•Lower speed limits; traffic-calming strategies at intersections.

If you’re serious about increasing walkability, gather neighbors and town officials for a walking audit, where the group walks along a particular route and stops periodically to discuss how to improve the walking experience with landscaping, safety improvements, or accessibility improvements. Other things you can do:

•Trim shrubbery that may be blocking the sidewalk in front of your house.
•Pick up trash and litter as you walk along. If you see an eyesore, note it and call the Akron 311 line
•Replace your porch and outdoor lights with LED bulbs and light things up at night. They cost little to use, and it will boost your security and that of the neighborhood.
•Be polite to other drivers and pedestrians when you drive.

And maybe the best walkability tip of all? Just get out and walk.