Firestone Park Renovations

Firestone-Columbiana Legacy

There is a historical bond through several generations of the Harvey S. Firestone family and Columbiana

The association between the Harvey S. Firestone family and Columbiana began in 1934 when a gift of considerable significance was given to our town — initial funding and land for what would become the Harvey S. Firestone Recreational Park. A generous benefactor, the world-famous industrialist and founder of the iconic Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio, he embraced his vision to build “the finest little park in the state” for his community with his contributions of land and money.

For over 8 decades, the Harvey S. Firestone Recreational Park has had a rich past and many fond memories to reveal and a centerpiece for community events. It continues to serve that role to the present day.

Preserving a Legacy

The current Firestones are keeping the legacy between Columbiana and the family alive with substantial current donations for the construction of the Idabelle Firestone Gathering Place and Garden, amounting to more than $225,000, from Martha Firestone Ford, the Roger Firestone Foundation, Brooks Firestone, Heather & Jeff Firestone and Ray Graham III. With these contributions, and those of individuals, organizations and community members throughout, a new legacy is being created for the town — a newly-restored park that belongs to all of us — donors, citizens and the next generations who will know the story of its origins, the pioneers who settled it and the Firestones, who gave such glory in endowing us with a park to be proud of for decades and beyond.

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