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Parks advisory board

Statue project appeals to city leaders

Mayor would like the work to be in place for Memorial Day observance


Grandview Heights City Council will likely vote on accepting and appropriating funds to commission a statue for Memorial Park at its October meeting.

Thomas Williams has proposed providing the money for a statue from the trust fund he and his wife have established for charitable donations.

The Grandview Parks Advisory Board held a special meeting Thursday, Sept. 12, to hear details of the proposal from Mayor Ray DeGraw.

Williams, a World War II veteran, was inspired to place a statue of a soldier in Memorial Park by his visit to the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C., DeGraw said.

He brought the idea to the city a few months ago and the mayor said discussions have continued since then.

Memorial Park "is the obvious place" for the statue, which would depict a World War II soldier "in action," DeGraw said.

There are a few options for where the statue would be located in Memorial Park, "but the one I like" is a spot in front of the flag pole, he said.

The preliminary idea is for a 7-foot statue to be placed on a 4-foot base, DeGraw said.

The honor roll of Grandview and Marble Cliff residents who have lost their lives in military service would be placed on the statue's base, he said.

Lights located by the flag pole would illuminate the statue at night, DeGraw said.

Council would be asked to appropriate the money for the statue and Williams would then write a check to the city covering the cost of the statue, he said.

Williams has been in contact with a sculptor in Utah, but the final design of the statue is still to be determined, DeGraw said.

"He (Williams) says he will not order anything that is not approved by the city," DeGraw said. "We don't want an aggressive pose. He will work with the city (to determine) what it will look like."

DeGraw said he would like to put the project into motion as soon as possible, with the goal of dedicating the statue at next year's Memorial Day ceremony at the park.

Dan Headapohl, parks board chairman, said board members will arrange to visit Memorial Park and check out the proposed location of the statue. They will schedule a short meeting to approve the project, if needed.

In other business, Parks and Recreation Director Sean Robey gave a short update on the Pierce Field and Wyman Woods improvement projects.

The Bobcat Booster kitchen building was torn down Sept. 12 and construction of the new multipurpose building, which will include a new kitchen area, is well underway, Robey said.

The new light poles were expected to be put up the week of Sept. 16 and the entire Pierce Field project is expected to be completed before the end of October, he said.

A major site plan review of the proposed building and site improvements at Wyman Woods was put on the agenda for the Sept. 18 planning commission meeting, Robey said.

The city plans to seek bids on the Wyman Woods project beginning Nov. 20 and open bids on Dec. 20, he said.