Derek Stone started working for a car dealership on East Market Street when he was 16 years old. Back then, he didn’t know Goodyear Heights would become his home.
After graduating from college, Derek, along with some friends, decided to buy a house together instead of renting it because of the cost difference.
“I sort of knew this area from working here, and that’s how I wound up in Goodyear Heights. And I’ve really fallen in love with it. I got to know a lot of people here,” he says.
After moving to the neighborhood, Derek became acquainted with council member Sharon Connor, whose Ward 10 represents Goodyear Heights.
“I’ve known her for several years. And she’s really gotten me involved in a lot, just as far as volunteerism, accomplishment for a community, that sort of thing. She had talked me into applying for the Akron Parks Challenge a couple years ago,” he explains.
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Derek, along with a small team, designed a plan for Reservoir Park and received funding from the Akron Parks Challenge. Now he serves on the board, representing Ward 10.
“I don’t have kids, but I know more about playgrounds now than I care to admit probably,” Derek jokes.
When Derek isn’t investing his time and energy in Goodyear Heights, he enjoys working on and driving his cars and motorcycles, photography, gardening with his wife and exploring the different parts of Akron.
“I love the neighborhood-centric focus of the city. You go to Highland Square, and it’s completely different from Goodyear Heights, which is completely different from Firestone Park, which is completely different from Wallhaven. You’ve got little cities within a city, and I think that’s really fun. You can be on two different sides of town on the same day, and it doesn’t feel like you’re in the same place, but everybody knows each other.”