Navarre Park Improvements
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.
“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,” Mr. Ujvagi said. “As long neglected infrastructure in the park is renewed and creative opportunities for enjoyment and recreation are developed, Navarre Park will again be the ‘Central Park’ for East Toledo neighborhoods. Thank you and congratulations to everyone involved in this project, and particularly the leadership and commitment provided by our two private sector partners – Toledo Refining Company and Mercy Health.”
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.”
Watch the announcement here: https://www.facebook.com/cityoftoledo/videos/344433182865967/