COLUMBUS GROVE —A dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held for Uptown Commons Park at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Uptown Commons is located where the candy store Christy’s on the Square was located before a storm damaged the building’s front facade in 2013, said Ken Wright, mayor of Columbus Grove. The severe storm torn off a part of the store, causing it to fall onto West High Street, he said.
The building owners, Christy and Dave Tabler, looked into fixing the damage but decided to not rebuild, Wright said. They dedicated the property to village council on the condition what was placed there be named after her mother, Lois Halker, he said.
After considering different options for the property, village council decided to build a park at the location, Wright said.
“Primarily, 85 percent of this park has been built by donations from individuals, businesses and corporations,” he said. “We didn’t do it with chicken dinners and raffles. It was people just giving because they saw a need in the village.”
The park is in the heart of downtown Columbus Grove, which makes it convenient for employees at the businesses to take lunches there, Wright said.
“We get a lot of traffic through here,” he said. “It’s good for the image of our village.”
Because the park was built with donations, work was done in phases, Wright said.
“They worked when they had the money to,” he said. “The last chunk was completed with village funding because the council really wanted to finish it. We really would have liked to have done it with 100 percent donations but we really wanted to get it wrapped up.”
The dedication and ribbon cutting Sunday is being held to recognize all of the donors who made building the park possible, Wright said. The committee who came up with the park plans will also be recognized, he said.
There will also be food provided by The Axe-Handle Restaurant, Wright said.
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