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Chillicothe’s Newest Park Officially Celebrated

Chillicothe's Patrick family helped cut the ribbon for Patrick Park on October 19th, 2023.

Chillicothe — The new “Patrick Park” has been promoted as the only park in the 6th Ward, the ward that former council member Pat Patrick represented. She donated the lot and a deteriorating rental house, just around the corner from her home, to the city. (Hear my interview with her below.)

After the land bank demolished the building little more than a year ago, the lot has been developed into a playground park that is not quite complete…but already in happy use.

A few of the attendees gave the playground equipment a workout at the ribbon cutting.

The city had invited votes on on three different plans for playground equipment…and the biggest, fanciest equipment won, which includes an obstacle course.

Two playground units have been installed, with two more to be added. Chillicothe Council had heard an update on the development of the park on September 26th.

Even with iffy weather, there was a moderate crowd gathered Thursday afternoon, October 19th, to hear Chillicothe Parks & Recreation Director Bill Bonner, Mayor Luke Feeney, and others speak – before the Patrick family helped cut the ribbon. And, the city’s trolley bus brought riders to the site. Watch some of the action below.

The park is at 25 Wade Street, on the corner of East Fourth Street south of East Main, between South Watt and South Poplar streets.

Former council member Pat Patrick speaks about her donation of a lot that has been turned into the only park for Chillicothe’s 6th Ward.
Chillicothe Parks & Recreation Director Bill Bonner and Mayor Luke Feeney speak about Patrick Park.
Former council member Pat Patrick speaks briefly about Patrick Park.
Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce President and CEO speaks and directs the ribbon cutting.
Pat Patrick’s husband died two years ago, and a bench at Patrick Park was dedicated to him. Pat said he used the rental house on the site as a garage to work on cars.

Grants from AARP and the Ross County Health District, as well as other efforts, contributed to Patrick Park.
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Raised in Ross County, Bearcat class of '87 at Paint Valley. Wrote a column on history and historic preservation for the Chillicothe Gazette right out of high school, then a bachelors in Journalism in the OU class of '91. After starting my one-man company "Intrepid Heritage Services" in Columbus in 1997 to offer historical research, tours, and talks, I retuned to Ross County in 2003. Have been working as a radio programmer and reporter at Clear Channel / iHeart Media Southern Ohio. Started working with the Scioto Post June 27th, 2023.


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