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Restoration and Beautification Committee Projects

Firestone Park’s Mirror Lake drained for repairs
Salem News, November 15, 2018
Fish taken from Mirror Lake during the draining process were relocated to other lakes nearby, and the trees removed will be replaced by new trees.
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Mirror Lake dredging may have to wait until the fall
Morning Journal, July 28, 2018
The Mirror Lake project is moving forward, although dredging of the lake may not happen until this fall, the Columbiana Restoration and Beautification Committee told council this week. Mirror Lake is located within the Harvey S. Firestone Park and the project will improve the landscaping around the lake and create a new David A. Tingle memorial garden, as well as new seating.
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City Celebrates Firestone Legacy
Morning Journal, July 7, 2018
Kimball Firestone was born the same year that the Harvey S. Firestone Park in Columbiana was created, and on Friday Kimball stood inside that same park to join the city in a celebration of his grandfather’s legacy. Born in 1933, the 85-year-old Kimball Firestone said his family appreciates the generosity the city has shown the family over the years. “It’s a beautiful place. It’s going to get more beautiful, and Columbiana is lucky to have it,” he said of the park.
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Columbiana preparing for Firestone festivities
Morning Journal, July 5, 2018
While it may have taken the idea from one man to create the Firestone Tire Co., it has taken several people over the last several years to preserve and maintain that man’s legacy in Columbiana. Columbiana Restoration and Beautification Committee (R&B) Chairwoman Pat Tingle said Firestone is Columbiana’s “most famous native son,” and that his life played a role in the city’s history, and the local park in particular.
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Firestone descendants due for a visit to Columbiana
Morning Journal, July 3, 2018
The July 6 visit coincides with the city’s recognition that this year marks the 150th anniversary of Firestone’s birth. The visit will also coincide with a formal groundbreaking ceremony for the long-awaited Mirror Lake project spearheaded by the Columbiana Restoration and Beautification Committee (R&B) that was largely funded through a private donation from R&B chairwoman Pat Tingle.
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Town Center at center of weekend entertainment
Morning Journal, June 14, 2018
Mackall said there will also be other giving opportunities available during the event for those interested in donating for certain phases of the extensive park project spearheaded by the Columbiana Restoration and Beautification Committee.
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Giant Mural Showcases History of Columbiana
Salem News, September 11, 2017
A giant mural showcasing the city’s history is in place at the Main Street Common.
The mural — a digitized scan of a painting done by nationally known artist Ray Simon — was hung along the side of the building earlier late last week.
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Work on Firestone Park Improvements set to begin in January
Salem News, September 7, 2017
Work on the more than $3 million project to improve the Harvey S. Firestone Park should begin in January, Pat Tingle of the Restoration and Beautification Committee said this week.She and the city’s park board president, Dr. Ron Detwiler, gave an update to council on Tuesday.Phases 1 and 2 of the project are ready to get under way soon, Detwiler said, noting that Phase 1 consists mainly of improvements to Mirror Lake while Phase 2 will focus on the historic brick gutters and brand new sidewalks.
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Columbiana Pocket Park Nearly Funded
Salem News, April 24, 2017
Only about $15,000 is needed to fund the remainder of the Main Street Common project, also known as the pocket park on South Main Street. Pat Tingle, of the Columbiana Restoration and Beautification Committee (R&B), said a $15,000 sponsorship recently came in for the project, eliminating half of the roughly $30,000 that was left to funding.
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Committee Outlines Improvement Plans for Park
Morning Journal, August 21, 2016
The local committee working on a major improvement project for Firestone Park is turning its attention toward the outdated brick gutters, and plans are also in the works for new memorial benches.
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Columbiana Group Cuts Ribbon on New Green Space
WKBN27, August 17, 2016
The Restoration and Beautification Committee of Columbiana is turning an empty lot on South Main Street into a community green space.A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Wednesday for the new park, which is going to be called The Main Street Common. The Restoration and Beautification Committee raised $40,000 for the first phase of the project, including landscaping at the city-owned lot.
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Updates proposed for Firestone Park in Columbiana
WFMJ, October 5, 2015
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Firestone Recreational Park in Columbiana, a non-profit organization is proposing a face lift. Monday, The Restoration and Beautification Committee of Columbiana presented their plans to the public. The plans include a variety of improvements: Restored and improved Mirror Lake, Historic walkways to replace brick gutters, Updated landscaping…
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Columbiana restoration panel sets sights on Firestone Park
Salem News, March 25, 2014
The committee responsible for the beautification of the traffic circle and Main Street is turning its focus to Firestone Park. Restoration, Renovation and Beautification (RR&B) Committee trustee Vaughn Musser said the group is gathering input from the city’s Park Board and Tourism Bureau on the new project, and from at least one member of council.Trustees spoke with Park Board Chairman Ron Detwiler, Tourism Bureau President Rob Schwartz and former mayor and current councilman Dick Simpson about their ideas, and that includes bringing the park back to its original design.
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