MACEDONIA — The Veterans Memorial Park at the corner of South Bedford Road and Route 82 got a boost from Summit County with a $2,300 donation.
"The Veteran’s Memorial project is a beautiful way to honor our veterans," said Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro. "The grant will assist the City of Macedonia with construction and operations expenses for the park, which not only pays tribute to those who have served, but also enriches the fabric of our Summit community."
Macedonia Mayor Joe Migliorini said he is grateful for the donation.
"I’d like to thank Executive Shapiro and the County of Summit for contributing to the Veteran’s Memorial Park," said City of Macedonia Mayor Joseph Migliorini. "VFW Posts 801 and 6768 have been raising funds for this fantastic project to honor our veterans, and this grant will provide essential funding for further construction of the park."
The grant is made through a county program whereby the Summit County executive can authorize requests of up to $25,000 for various programs, including non-profit projects.
County spokesperson Faylin Mutch said the county normally funds 12 to 18 grants per year via the general fund or other departmental funds, depending on the nature of the request.
"The Veterans Park grant for Macedonia came out of the general fund," she said. "If an entity approaches the county with a grant proposal, the executive has the authority to either request or deny the grant, and can fund up to $25,000 per grant. Aside from the few we budget for annually, the rest are granted at a first come, first serve basis, as there is only a limited amount of general fund dollars per year available for grants."
The first phase of construction of the park was dedicated in September. It includes a memorial flanked behind a main archway. It is flanked by VFW Post 6768 and American Legion Post 801 granite benches, as well as War on Terror and Vietnam War monuments and benches. The memorial park also has three flagpoles and inscribed pavers contributed by donors.
Area veterans have been working for more than two years on plans for the city-owned land and spent $100,000 worth of donations on the first phase. About $50,000 more in material and services was donated by area businesses, according to Frank Posar, the project’s treasurer and a member of Post 801.
According to organizers, who include legionnaires Bart Benjamin and Post 801 commander David Pristash, the park will eventually include a special spot for the names of Nordonia Hills’ veterans that were killed in action, as well as eight smaller monuments with a brief history of each of the major conflicts since the Revolutionary War. Plans also include installation of cement walkways around the park, along with handicapped-accessible picnic tables and benches, along with an ADA compliant restroom.
The park pad previously been home to a World War I memorial and cannon, which will be refurbished.
Donations are still being sought, and further details can be found at the project website, http://nordoniahillsveteransmemorialpark.com/.
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