Garden club and Boy Scouts plant flowers in Ukrainian Heritage Park in Parma

Beautification underway in Parma’s Ukrainian Village.

The Ridgewood Garden Club of Parma and Boy Scouts Troop 221 planted 250 daffodil bulbs in Ukrainian Heritage Park on Oct. 22.

The park is on State Road in Parma.

Petitti Garden Centers and Royal Victorian Garden Center donated 150 bulbs and the garden club bought the rest.


Groundbreaking Ceremony Held For Ukrainian Heritage Park

One Parma resident’s observation at the park groundbreaking ceremony:

“On Sunday, August 22, a Groundbreaking Ceremony was held in Ukrainian Village at the future site of what will be Ukrainian Heritage Park…Like all events in Ukrainian Village which I have had the pleasure to attend, this one was as meticulously planned as any other. Any group planning any event anywhere can learn a lot from the folks in Ukrainian Village – they really know how to celebrate the moment; nothing ever seems to be left to chance, and their hallmark is clock-like efficiency. Even the weather seemed to cooperate, as what seemed to be imminent rain subsided just in time, and the sun actually started to show itself as the ceremony began.”

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New Park In Ukrainian Village

park-signOn 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.


A Piece Of Ukraine In Parma

One Parma resident’s observation of the Ukrainian Village dedication:

“It is easy to notice right away that religious faith is a major component in the fabric of the Ukrainian community. Therefore then, it is not hard to imagine how it might be that the Ukrainian community feels that God was watching over them as they picked just about the most picture perfect September morning to dedicate the Ukrainian Village in Parma.”

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