Volunteers came from near and far to bring new hope to Mount Hope Cemetery located on Main Street.
Volunteers came from near and far to bring new hope to Mount Hope Cemetery located on Main Street. The cemetery became overgrown after the former caretaker stopped maintaining it earlier this year. Grass grew tall, tree branches sagged, trash littered the ground and the road through the cemetery became overgrown.
“Residents started calling me with their concerns regarding the high grass and weeds not being maintained by the caretaker,” said Donnie Kammer, Ward 7 Councilmen for the city of Akron.
Kammer decided to get involved even though the cemetery is not in his ward yet. The cemetary will be a part of his ward next year when redistricting occurs. Mount Hope is an eight-acre cemetery that is home to a lot of history and nearly 10,000 graves.
Approximately 70 volunteers helped with the cleanup Oct. 5. Trees were trimmed, trash was picked up, grass was mowed and trimmed around grave stones. Volunteers came from all over including Copley, Green, Lake Township, Medina and one family from Worthington, a city just outside of Columbus.
In all, 50 bags of trash and roughly 35 yards of tree debris were hauled away.
The cleanup came at minimal expense to the city, as a one-ton dump truck was the only item used. A dumpster was donated by Estes Hauling Service along with workers from Akron Paint and Varnish who volunteered their time.
“Mount Hope should be maintained through the end of this year with volunteers,” said John Eaton, from the department of neighborhood assistance nuisance compliance for the city of Akron.
Eaton called the turnout fantastic and was pleased with all the different groups of youths that came to help out.
“It meant a lot to have all the volunteers come out it is great to come together for a good cause and get to work together and met new people,” said Kammer.
Several individuals have expressed interested in maintaining the cemetery.
“It is very promising that something should be worked out for next year,” said Eaton.
Mount Hope Cemetery is boarded by South Main Street, Cole Avenue, East Emerling Avenue and Sweitzer Avenue.