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Navarre Park to be revitalized

March 21, 2019: Toledo Councilman Peter Ujvagi, Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, and representatives from Toledo Refining Company and Mercy Health announced a partnership Thursday to improve East Toledo through the revitalization of Navarre Park.

Navarre Park was the venue for annual picnics in the 1930s and 1940s by the families from México that settled in Toledo after the Mexican Revolution. It has been popular since.

“The partnership between the Toledo Refining Company, Mercy Health, and the city of Toledo, working with the East Toledo Family Center and neighborhood leadership from One Voice, provides a unique opportunity to revitalize and reinvigorate a key park in East Toledo,” Councilman Ujvagi said.

Toledo Refining Company and Mercy Health made commitments to donate $50,000 and $20,000, respectively, to fund much-needed improvements to the park. The city has committed to matching the donations with equally-valued improvements over several years in the park, Mayor Kapszukiewicz said.

“This is an anchor park in East Toledo and a very important part of the neighborhood,” the mayor said. “I want to thank Toledo Refining Company and Mercy Health for stepping up to improve the community. This can be a model across our city on how public-private partnerships can help our community.”

“Our facility has more than 120 years of history in this neighborhood. Toledo Refining Company has long enjoyed the benefits of this historic East Toledo property,” said Refinery Manager Michael Gudgeon. “The original park has been a place where many of our employees and their families came to play throughout the lifetime of the refinery. Our commitment of $50,000 and fundraising support will help ensure Navarre Park continues to serve the needs of East Toledo residents for generations to come. Our sincere hope is that others in the community will join us in lending their support to this worthy fund-raising effort to modernize this wonderful park.”

“Mercy Health is proud to partner on this significant project with hopes that it will further the health and fitness of our community,” said Craig Albers, president of Mercy Health – St. Charles Hospital. “For decades, families have come together to enjoy outdoor activities at Navarre Park. Enhancing the park’s offerings will ensure that future generations will continue to have a great outdoor destination to enjoy.”




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