The annual Blue Star Mothers Memorial Day service, scheduled May 24 in Grandview Heights, will include a special component this year.

The city will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its project to add features to Memorial Park.

The service will be at 7:30 p.m. in the park, located on Northwest Boulevard at Oxley Road.

"Our goal is to have the project completed in time to hold the dedication ceremony on Veterans Day in November," parks and recreation Director Mike Patterson said.

The additions are being funded in part with a donation from Dr.Tom Williams. A previous donation by Williams and his late wife, Lowell, helped to fund the placement of the statue of a soldier at the park in 2015.

The project will add five stone columns to the park design, each representing a military branch of service, as a complement to the soldier statue.

"When Dr. Williams approached the city about making the second donation, what he wanted was to create some enhancements that would make sure the park is inviting and allows people to come in and reflect on the sacrifice our service personnel have made," Patterson said. "The idea is to encourage people to stop and not just drive by the park."

Ground lights will be included to highlight the columns. The project also will include some landscaping elements, Patterson said.

The city's Memorial Day service will involve its traditional elements, including the reading of the roll of honor by the Grandview Heights High School senior class president. Boy Scout Troop 73 members will place poppies on the wall of honor as each name of a Grandview or Marble Cliff resident who gave their life in service to their country is read.

Mayor Ray DeGraw will tell the stories of a few of those people, and the event will include a rifle volley.

In case of rain, the memorial service will be moved to Grandview Heights High School, Patterson said.

"Even if there is rain, we will hold some sort of groundbreaking at the park itself," he said.

Grandview's Memorial Day parade will step off at 10 a.m. May 26. The parade will travel down First Avenue from Cambridge Boulevard to Pierce Field.

"We also invite any servicemen or servicewomen from the Grandview/Marble Cliff community who want to join us and participate in the parade on the grand marshal vehicle," Patterson said.

Those who want to participate should call the city at 614-488-3111.

Following the parade, the Grandview Baseball and Softball Association will kick off its season at Pierce Field.

The municipal pool will open for the season at 1 p.m.

The new pool opened in 2017 during Memorial Day weekend.

"It was a fantastic project and people really seem to love the facility," Patterson said. "I don't have the exact numbers, but our earlybird registration for residents ended (April 30) and the registrations were coming in at a really high level."

Additional lounge seats and sand chairs have been placed at the pool to offer more seating options, he said.

"We want to make sure people know we have a community room at the pool that people can reserve for family events or parties for up to three hours," Patterson said.

The community room is available for reservation from May 26 through Sept. 2. The rate for residents is $125 for a room rental only and $175 for room rental and up to 15 daily admissions to the pool.

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