As a member of the Akron Mennonite Church (AMC) community or as a neighbor, we want you to know about our upcoming plans.….

  • A Nature preserve with trees, walking paths, flowering meadow, and rain garden, will be created in the 4-acre plot of grassland adjacent to the church.
  • You are invited to join us for a Blessing of the Nature Preserve July 31, 3-3:30 pm, in the grove of trees at AMC.
  • Mid to late summer, work will begin for about two months moving earth, creating contours and a rain garden.
  • A sidewalk will be set in along Diamond St and Diamond Station Rd from the church entrance to the lower end of the property.
  • In September, a meadow area will be seeded with native grasses and flowering plants and tree seedlings will be planted by volunteers.
  • We’d love to have you join us on July 31 at 3 pm.
  • Keep returning to this page to see updates about the project.


Brochure Nature Preserve v1

Before work begins

Before the project starts, a reminder of the current state of the land we are working with.

At present, the area for the Nature Preserve includes the church cemetery, areas of mowed grass and a large unmowed area.

Members of the congregation are already working elsewhere within the church grounds to remove invasive species and re-plant with native alternatives.

Pre-construction meeting

Friday July 22, a pre-construction meeting was held on the property. Present were representatives of RGS (design company), BR Kreider (contractor), Akron Borough and AMC.

A good spirit of teamwork and co-operation was evident. The AMC team was given a few final decisions to make before drawings are finalized and work begins.

Coming soon!

See link for an opportunity to join MCC on 17 September to count and identify plants and insects on their Akron campus!




Service of Blessing for the Nature Preserve

The Service of Blessing for the Nature preserve took place on the afternoon of Sunday July 31. Members of AMC were joined by representatives of Akron Borough, the contractors, other churches partnering in the project and neighbors and friends.

The service took place in the grove of trees next to the church and attenders enjoyed ice cream sandwiches as they chatted following the service. 

Construction begins

Week of August 1, construction began! First, final pre-construction surveying was completed. Then trees were removed along Diamond Station Road, silt tunnel was installed to protect the site and its surroundings and some earthmoving began at the Diamond Station Road entrance to the site. 

Earthmoving action!

Progress with the excavation and contouring of the Nature Preserve is progressing well. These videos show the machinery in action.