In recent years, a group of residents—including several veterans of the armed services—collaborated to enhance the Veterans Plaza at Mallway Park. With success, Veterans Plaza is now an inviting and attractive place for reflection and appreciation of the men and women who have served their country.
Look for more details this spring on how the Veterans Committee and partners plan to celebrate this wonderful addition to the community.
The Mallway Business District was the first commercial area in Upper Arlington, and today it retains much of its historic feel. Surrounded by the community’s earliest neighborhoods, the district is home to a vibrant mixture of uses that include shops, restaurants and businesses, along with several public facilities:
- Fire Station #71, formerly the first municipal building;
- Jones Middle School, built in 1924 and designed by former UA resident, nationally renowned architect and Upper Arlington Wall of Honor inductee, Howard Dwight Smith, who also designed the OSU “Shoe” football stadium amongst other notable Columbus landmarks;
- The Upper Arlington Schools Administration offices;
- Devon Pool; and
- Mallway Park.
In 2011, the City undertook a series of enhancements within the district, as part of the Arlington Avenue Reconstruction Project. This included landscape improvements, new streetlights, benches, brick pavers and improved access for pedestrians and cyclists. Since 2014, a generous donor has funded a beautification project through the Upper Arlington Community Foundation, featuring seasonal flower baskets and planters.
In recent years, a group of residents formed a Veterans Committee—including several veterans of the armed services— and collaborated with the City and Upper Arlington Historical Society to enhance the Veterans Plaza at Mallway Park. The committee successfully secured a State grant of $200,000 to support the project and embarked on a capital campaign and raised an additional $120,000. The City provided $50,000 for support. The Veterans Plaza project included enhancements to the existing memorials, new hardscape and landscape and five pillars featuring interpretative signage of local Veterans.
2020: Completed in the Fall, the Veterans Plaza Project included enhancements to the existing memorials, new landscaping and hardscape and the addition of five pillars featuring interpretative signage of veterans associated with Upper Arlington.
2017: A Blue Star Memorial Byway Marker was installed by the Serendipity Garden Club to honor past, present and future members of the nation’s Armed Forces.
2011: The City undertook a series of enhancements within the district, as part of the Arlington Avenue Reconstruction Project. This included landscape improvements, new streetlights, benches, brick pavers and improved access for pedestrians and cyclists. Since 2014, a generous donor has funded a beautification project through the Upper Arlington Community Foundation, featuring seasonal flower baskets and planters.
1990: There was an unsuccessful effort to re-establish the Flame of Freedom
November 11, 1990: Plaques for veterans of the Korean War and the Vietnam War were added to the park by the existing WWII Memorial.
1970s: The Flame was extinguished during the national energy crisis.
Memorial Day 1969: The “Flame of Freedom” gas torch was installed and dedicated above the two WWII columns. It was presented to the City by the Upper Arlington Post of the American Legion in celebration of its 50th anniversary.
June 1968: A historical marker about Camp Willis was installed as part of Upper Arlington’s Golden Anniversary. The marker was sponsored by the City and Upper Arlington Civic Association.
1946: The War Memorial Gateway was constructed to honor those who are or will serve in the armed services of our Country. Installation of pillars with a World War II honor roll
Past meetings and presentations:
- Construction Completed: November, 2020
- Construction Began: July 20, 2020
- City Council Update: September 8, 2020
- City Council Approval of Construction Contract: May 11, 2020
- City Council Meeting: June 24, 2019, Resolution of Support from City Council
- Council Conference Session Update: June 17, 2019
- Feasibility Study: Conducted March-May, 2019
- City Council Meeting: February 11, 2019 – City Council passed a resolution of support and acceptance of the gift for the Veterans Plaza
- Council Conference Session Presentation: January 22, 2019
- Cultural Arts Commission Meeting: 6 pm, Wednesday, September 13, 2018 – Vote to decommission Mallway public art “Impressions”
- Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Presentation: August 16, 2018
- Public Meeting: August 15, 2018
- Mallway Businesses Meeting: August 15, 2018
- Conceptual drawings available online for public input: August 13-24
* Public comment is not typically taken at Council Conference Sessions, but is welcomed for items on the agenda at City Council Meetings.
To view documents associated with the project, search our Archives Portal – Parks Project using the Veterans Plaza at Mallway project name.