Leadership Park

Leadership Park, historic marker dedicated

IMG_20180626_112013.jpgToday, the City of Tiffin dedicated Clouse-Kirian Leadership Park in conjunction with the unveiling of a State historical marker for the founding of Tiffin.

Leadership Park began as the community project of the 2014 Leadership Seneca County class. As part of the nine month course in leadership and civic participation, the class raised $25,000 to create a community park in downtown Tiffin. The city matched $20,000, creating a fund of $55,000 for the park. The park was designed but put on hold due to potential development on the chosen site.

In late 2015, the project was revived when Lenny Clouse purchased the building at 22 S. Washington St., demolished it, and sold the land to the city at cost. From there, two more grants were secured from the National Machinery and Meschech Frost Charitable Trust to cover the funding gap created by the change in location, and the construction of Clouse-Kirian Leadership Park began.

Also dedicated at the Leadership Park site was Seneca County’s twelfth historical marker. The Seneca County Historical Society worked with the Ohio History Connection to place an Ohio Historical Marker denoting 1822 as the founding year of the town.

The text of the marker reads: “In 1822 Josiah Hedges purchased the land that would become Tiffin from the Delaware Land Office. By March, this land, situated across the Sandusky River from old Fort Ball (War of 1812) was surveyed and platted by General James Hedges, the brother of Josiah. These events marked the founding year for the city of Tiffin, which was named after Edward Tiffin, Ohio’s first governor and a friend of Josiah Hedges. The legislature commissioned Thomas Henford, Isaac Minor and Cyrus Spink to establish Tiffin as the permanent seat of justice for Seneca County on March 25, 1822.”

You can find a complete list of Ohio Historical Markers at Remarkable Ohio.

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Leadership Park announced

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Preliminary rendering of Leadership Park design.

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.