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Adopt-A-Trail Akron

Maggie Kearns Francis

June 17, 2019

The City of Akron and Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition teamed up with local Akron corporations, non-profits, and individuals to develop an Adopt-A-Trail program for the 3-mile portion of the Towpath Trail running through Akron. This is the second year for the program, which aims to assist with the maintenance and upkeep of the trail.


The responsibilities of participating organizations include operating four Adopt-A-Trail activities throughout the year to clean up, landscape, address vandalism, and coordinate upgrades (adding seating, lighting, murals, etc.) for their assigned portion of the trail.

ms + Adopt-A-Trail

When local ms Akron employees learned about the new program, they jumped on board. Karel Cubik, an Environmental Planner at ms, who is leading this effort commented “ms is a long-time supporter of Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition and since this program is really the first of its kind in this area, we were excited about getting in on the ground floor.”


ms Akron joined forces to give back to its local community. Adopt-A-Trail is a special cause to Akron ms employees since the trail runs right through their back yard! The ms employees in our Akron office all use the trail regularly so it is important to them to keep it clean and looking nice for Akron residents and visitors.


ms has already conducted one of their Adopt-A-Trail activities this summer where employees from every department in the Akron office took a few hours out of their day to pick up trash, sweep debris off the paved trail, and clean the signs along their portion of the Towpath Trail closest to the office.

Community Impact

Karel Cubik commented on the impact to the community, saying “First, it makes our neighborhood look better to those traveling through the city on the 100-mile long trial. Second, it frees up city resources to take care of the streets and sidewalks.”

Want to get involved?

Adopt-A-Trail has received overwhelming support from the local community. ms is proud to be one of the firms working hard to keep Akron’s trails clean!


Interested in getting your organization involved? Visit the Adopt-A-Trail page on the Ohio & Erie Canalway website to learn more about the program and volunteer.