Friday, December 7, 2007

Square Public Park Has Name

Ex-mayor's $300,000 bequest will fund park
Meyers' gift will cover half the cost of 2-acre park at Harrison Square project
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"Former Mayor Robert E. Meyers died in March, but his name will live on.

A $300,000 bequest to the city’s Parks and Recreation Department will see to that.

The gift from Meyers’ estate will cover more than half the cost of a 2-acre downtown park to be incorporated into the Harrison Square downtown revitalization project, according to Parks Director Al Moll. Although the department had previously been named as a beneficiary in Meyers’ will, use of the money was arranged between Meyers’ family and Rick Samek, president of the parks board.

Meyers’ generosity will be acknowledged in some public way, Moll said – perhaps by naming the park in his honor.

The park, to be located between Harrison Square’s hotel and baseball stadium, will cost about $500,000 and include a small water park, amphitheater with seating for about 100 people, benches, green space and other features. The area will be maintained by the parks department and will be open to the public except during baseball games, Moll said."
Ex-mayor's gift helps downtown
$300,000 going toward creation of public park
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"A late Fort Wayne mayor and Allen County judge has helped make Harrison Square a reality.

The Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department announced Friday it received a $300,000 bequest from the estate of Robert E. Meyers."

The money will help pay for a $500,000 public park that is part of the larger downtown development. “Park Board President Rick Samek spoke to the Meyers family about applying the bequest to a new downtown park, and they were delighted,” parks director Al Moll said. “We will honor Judge Meyers when the park is finished in the spring of 2009.”

Moll said Meyers’ honor could be naming it Meyers Park at Harrison Square or some other type of recognition."