The past and the future meet on Park Street

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
A convergence of the past, the present, and the future took place on May 13 as the city of Grove City kicked off a celebration of its 170th anniversary with the dedication of an extension to Park Street. During the ceremony, city officials noted the symbolic significance of the extension as it provides connectivity with one of its oldest subdivisions to its newest subdivision, Beulah Park. Among those speaking at the dedication of the importance of the moment was the city’s current mayor, Richard L. “Ike” Stage (pictured at left), and the town’s historical founder, William Foster Breck (portrayed by local actor Glen Garcia). In his remarks, Breck said all he wanted to do upon moving to the area in 1845 was to “fulfill a life-long dream of creating a prosperous town outside of Columbus.” He imagined that if he were alive today, he would have been pleased to see the growth of the community he founded and honored by its commitment to remembering the past.
Beulah Park developer Pat Kelley cuts the ribbon for the grand-opening of the Park Street extension. In addition to connecting motorists with the new housing development, it also provides an additional route toward the new Beulah Park Middle School, which will open later this summer at 3811 Southwest Boulevard. The school will house approximately 800 seventh and eighth grade students.
Carriage driver Alan Stanley, of the Newark-based Mary Ann Hill Farms, and his Percherons Murphy and Hot Rod lead a parade of vehicles along the newly extended street. The parade also featured electric cars, emergency vehicles, and a school bus full of students who will be attending the new middle school.
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