Posted by Anne Decker on Apr 21, 2022
Construction has begun on the Greater Lima Region Park and Amphitheater!
We are thrilled to have broken ground for the Greater Lima Region Park and Amphitheater. Dozens of people braved the cold and snow on Monday to join us for the occasion. "It's exciting to see all the momentum in our hometown, Lima, Ohio, and this is just one part of the many parts of the momentum," says committee co-chair Rich Rudolph. Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp added, "It's an expression of something positive, an expression of hope. I want to emphasize how much of these funds are coming from private individuals, organizations and companies that are coming together to make things enjoyable for our whole community." Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman said, "It's the responsibility of all of us to continue to build this great city and this is just the latest iteration of that."
The Lima Rotary Club began planning the park in 2017 as a way to have a transformative impact on downtown Lima. “We are changing the landscape of downtown Lima,” says committee co-chair Tracie Sanchez. “This beautiful downtown space will be a community venue to host public events as well as support the arts, festivals, children and wellness. The Lima Rotary Club believes that creating an exciting experience will build community pride for our city and encourage economic, cultural and social development.”
A project such as this can only be achieved through strong community support. The projected budget of $3.2 million is being funded in a variety of ways: many Rotarians are contributing, as well as local businesses and the City of Lima. The state also believes this is a vital project and has contributed $1.25 million. We ask you to join us as we invest in Lima’s future and make a donation of any size to this project. All contributions are tax deductible and larger donations may be spread over a five-year period. Gifts of at least $1,000 will be recognized with a plaque on the park’s donor wall. Naming rights are also available for larger contributions. You may donate easily and securely online here.
In November 2021, the Lima Rotary Club transferred the land for the park to the City of Lima which will own the Greater Lima Region Park and Amphitheater. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department will maintain the park. Events and reservations will be booked by the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center. Alvada Construction of Findlay will build the Greater Lima Region Park and Amphitheater. It will be constructed in the block of downtown Lima that extends from Spring Street to Elm Street and is bounded by Union Street on the east and the backs of the Main Street buildings on the west. Construction will take approximately one year.