For approximately two years, a group of residents—including several veterans of the armed services—have been collaborating to enhance the Veterans Plaza at Mallway Park, to create an inviting and attractive place for reflection and appreciation of the men and women who have served their country. Landscape architecture firm, POD design, has been secured to develop concepts for the park enhancements.
A first round of conceptual designs were shared with the community early in 2018. Based on the input received, the group decided that some modifications to the plan would be necessary. A second round of conceptual drawings were developed and shared with Mallway businesses, neighboring residents and the broader community for their review and input in August of 2018. The images above represent the final concepts. Private funds are being raised for various project costs. The project will be constructed in phases. The initial phase will enhance the entrance to the plaza (shown in the final concept images above). Future phases will include implementation of park improvements and the addition of display panels envisioned to honor and recognize Upper Arlington veterans. The content of the display panels will be decided through a separate public engagement process, involving students and residents.
The committee has successfully secured a State grant of $200,000 to support the project, a significant step toward phase one of its fundraising goals. To build upon this success, the committee has embarked on a capital campaign in order to raise an additional $50,000 for phase one to break ground June 2020. In support of these efforts, at the June 24 meeting, City Council passed a resolution authorizing matching funds on a dollar for dollar basis, up to $50,000. A Veterans Plaza Fund has been established with the Upper Arlington Community Foundation. Click the button below to make your pledge today. When donating through the Community Foundation’s site, please indicate that your donation is for the Veterans Plaza Project
REVIEW AND PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULE
Past meetings and presentations:
- 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.
- Council Session Presentation June 17 (PDF 31 MB)
- March 2018 Project Overview (PDF 1MB)
- January 22 Council Session Presentation (PDF 1MB)
To view Survey Results, search our Archives Portal – Surveys using the Veterans Plaza at Mallway project name.
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.
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.
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