On Sunday, August 22nd at 2:00 p.m., a groundbreaking ceremony will take place to bless a plot of land across from St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral. This 40’ by 120’ lot has been allocated by the city of Parma to be the future home of Ukrainian Village’s new “Heritage Park.” Mayor DePiero, Eric Tollerup, Parma’s Director of Community Development, members of Council, and of course the Ukrainian community will gather together for a formal dedication of the land for the future park. The mayor and Ukrainian community leaders will speak at the dedication. The Ukrainian clergy, including the bishops will bless the park sight. This is just the beginning of this wonderful project. Currently plans are being reviewed for the landscape design and the sculpture that will adorn the center of the park. The park will be a place for relaxation and reflection for walkers by and visitors. The City of Parma continues to recognize the economic impact that Ukrainian residents, including the new wave of immigrants, have made on the City of Parma. Ukrainians are Parma’s largest new immigrant demographic.
After the ceremony, the Ukrainian community will proceed and walk to St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral to celebrate Ukraine’s Independence Day which is August 24th. This anniversary marks the 19th anniversary of Ukrainian independence from the former Soviet Union.
The celebration will culminate the following Saturday, August 28th, with a Ukrainian Village Festival which will be held at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Cathedral from 12:00 noon till 11:00 PM. Featured will be Ukrainian foods, dancers, arts and crafts, a polka band and a tour of the cathedral. All are welcome.