Community Spaces

Hazel Tree also offers community-centric design services for public places. (And all of our community-hugging, design geek dreams come true!)

  Hazel Tree's functional and beautiful community space design at Lock 2 in downtown Akron.

Hazel Tree's functional and beautiful community space design at Lock 2 in downtown Akron.

Our first community project — designing a public canal-facing park in downtown Akron — was part of the Akron Civic Commons project to help build connective tissues in our public spaces. 

Since then, we have tackled a number of public place projects, including the gold and silver 2017 Lock 3 Christmas Tree, which was dripping with festive lights. And we approach public spaces in the same way we approach interior projects: merging function with imagination and whimsy.

  Lock 3 Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, downtown Akron 2017.

Lock 3 Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, downtown Akron 2017.

Our passion for locally-sourced elements and community-focused art makes public spaces not only vibrant and interesting, but authentic and welcoming to the full community.

  Bistro tables and umbrellas at University of Akron, made possible by Knight Foundation.

Bistro tables and umbrellas at University of Akron, made possible by Knight Foundation.

What an honor it is to have an opportunity to do what we normally do on the interior of spaces, but for the whole community in a public exterior space!”
— Karen Starr, Co-Owner, Designer