Firestone Park Renovations

Idabelle Firestone

Idabelle Smith Firestone

Idabelle Firestone was an American composer and songwriter. She was also a homemaker, and wife of the famous tire-maker and industrial giant, Harvey S. Firestone.

Idabelle left behind an amazing legacy of music and flowers, two of her greatest loves, along with the love she held for her beloved husband, home, and children.

Because of Idabelle Firestone’s well-known love of flowers, David Burpee, an internationally-known plant hybridist of the day, developed the largest and most colorful of all French marigolds and named it the “Idabelle Firestone Marigold.”

Idabelle left behind an amazing legacy of music and flowers, two of her greatest loves, along with the love she held for her beloved husband, home, and children.

Idabelle Firestone Gathering Place and Garden

As of 2021, the Garden is presently under construction. Upon completion, it will showcase beloved heritage plants favored in the mid-1930s: roses, peonies, and bearded iris among many. Architect, Paul Hagman, designed this important addition to both the history and the recreational use of the park to reflect elements of the Firestone Monument in the cemetery with its column and classical beauty. This new facility will not only add to the beauty of the park but will offer new cultural and education opportunities for residents and visitors, designed as a performing arts amphitheater with the hillside offering seating for 200. It will welcome musical groups for performances, families celebrating weddings and special events and students and teachers for classes in the rooms inside. Amenities will include a public restroom, water fountain and storage. In combination with the gardens that will surround it, it is a tribute to Idabelle Firestone’s love of gardening and music.

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