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SOAP BOX DERBY RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE MARY S. AND DAVID C. CORBIN FOUNDATION

06.05.2020

The International Soap Box Derby (ISBD) has received a $25,000 grant from The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation to support the replacement of the track-side sidewalk at Derby Downs.

The current sidewalk has deteriorated and will be removed and replaced for both safety and functional reasons. Its current location right next to the trackside fence, with no offset, encourages spectators to stop and stand while leaning on the fence to watch the races. The walkway does not accommodate both those standing and those passing, so the path becomes constricted. The leadership of the International Soap Box Derby has set an objective to “provide an enhanced sports experience for racers and spectators at Derby Downs”.

Making these improvements will widen the current walkways and ensure a more accommodating experience for our guests by creating a better flow of traffic up and down the side of the track. This will help enhance the overall experience for racers, their families and spectators visiting Akron for the Derby’s many events for many years to come.

“The Corbin Foundation has been a strong supporter for the Derby reaching all the way back to when Mr. Corbin’s City Chevrolet was a big promoter for the Soap Box Derby,” said Mark Gerberich, president and chief executive officer of the Soap Box Derby. “The Foundation’s contribution last year for the scoreboard and this year for additional capital needs will really enhance the Derby Downs park for racers and other visitors throughout the year. We greatly appreciate their financial support.”

The historic Derby Downs racetrack welcomes racers and fans from across the U.S. and numerous foreign countries, along with community members who attend 80 annual events.