Plans for a new park on Dickson Street and next year’s bicentennial celebration were laid out Sept. 21 by mayor Hans Schneider.
The park, located at the former McCormick Middle School property, will be formally dedicated June 30, 2018, with the winner of a naming contest for the site announced the same day, Schneider said.
Bicentennial events will include a Wellington High School alumni weekend at the park beginning June 9 of next year, a Father’s Day weekend military showcase and Civil War reenactment at the Lorain County Fairgrounds, and monthly speakers at the Patricia Lindley Center.
The Wellington Eagles, 631 South Main St., will host a Founders Day breakfast to kick off the year’s festivities Jan. 3 and a bicentennial ball on April 21.
Speakers at the Lindley Center will include 19th Century Wellington blogger Nicole Hayes, Scott Markel of the Spirit of ‘76 Museum impersonating Archibald Willard, bicentennial committee member Tim Simonson channeling Myron T. Herrick, and WHS teacher Dave Conklin presenting a video that chronicles the village’s 200 years.
“We wanted to hold events that everyone will be able to attend without worrying about the cost,” Schneider said. “Some events will carry a cost, but not many. We want as many people as possible to make it out and enjoy them.”
The village bicentennial committee first revealed its plans for a “passive park” on Dickson Street in May and showed off initial concept drawings for the site in August. Eric Brubeck, a park designer from Cleveland, was brought on over the summer to help push the project forward.
Schneider spoke of wanting to have “curb appeal” with a large, prominent entrance to the park on South Main Street. A large fountain is slated to be placed in the middle of the property with room left over for a community Christmas tree.
A fenced-in playground is being considered for park’s northeast corner while an amphitheater or grandstand could be placed near Courtland Street.
Open green space is slated to be reserved along Carpenter Street with winding walkways and jogging paths lining the entire park.
Grants and sponsors will be sought for funding, Schneider said.
“When everything is said and done, it’s going to be a phased-in project and not all done by next year,” he said. “We have some good ideas that this community will be proud of. It’s going to be something we can all call ours.”
Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.