Two years after the Leadership Seneca County class of 2014 reached their goal of raising $45,000 for a downtown park, Leadership Park has been announced at the corner of South Washington Street and Riverside Drive in downtown Tiffin.
2014 LSC graduate John Kerschner spoke on behalf of his class. “We would like to thank all of the donors that made the project possible. This park has been a work in progress for quite some time; it’s very exciting to see the tangible results of all the hard work done behind the scenes by the Leadership class and the City of Tiffin,” he said.
Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz has been an advocate for the project since it was announced, helping to form a partnership between the Leadership class and the city in which the city contributed $20,000 to the park. “I am very pleased by the way this project came together. This park will be a beautiful addition to our downtown and a great community gathering place,” he said. “It is also a great example of what private-public partnerships can accomplish for the community.”
The design has been laid out and construction will begin soon. Park features include decorative pavers, a gazebo and benches. The City of Tiffin and the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services have also collaborated to install a live white spruce tree, to serve as the community Christmas tree.
“While we enjoyed the temporary downtown green space, it is great to have a permanent park downtown, and a living tree that will be in that location for the community to enjoy for years to come,” Chamber President and CEO John Detwiler said.