(DUBLIN, Ohio USA) – The City of Dublin will be holding a dedication ceremony and celebration for the opening of Thaddeus Kosciuszko Park from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 12.
Schedule of Events
10 a.m. | Guest arrival at Scioto Park
11 a.m. | Dedication ceremony at Thaddeus Kosciuszko Park
Noon-4 p.m. | Thaddeus Kosciuszko Celebration at Scioto Park, featuring guest speakers Alex Storozynski, President and Executive Director of The Kosciuszko Foundation, and Republic of Poland Consul Malgorzata Kozik.
12:30 – 2 p.m. – Complimentary lunch featuring traditional Polish and American food; reservations encouraged. Music by Obobo Trio and dance performance by Lajkonik Polish Folk Dancers.
2 – 4 p.m. – Polish Concert at the outdoor Scioto Park Amphitheater featuring music by Tom Katrenich Orchestra, Living Traditions Folk Ensemble, Gorale Children’s Group and Piast. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating.
4 p.m. | Polish Mass
Parking is only available at Scioto Park, 7377 Riverside Drive. Shuttles will transport guests between Kosciuszko and Scioto parks. However, media parking is available at Thaddeus Kosciuszko Park, 4444 Hard Road.
General Thaddeus Kosciuszko was the original owner of the property. He was given approximately 500 acres of land along what is now Riverside Drive as payment for his contributions during the Revolutionary War.
Kosciuszko was an important officer during the Revolutionary War. He was appointed the rank of Colonel by the Continental Congress and served as a military engineer from 1776 to 1783. He was responsible for the design of the fortifications of what is now West Point, was instrumental in the strategy of the Battle of Saratoga and was personally recognized by George Washington as instrumental in the success of the Continental Army over the British. Kosciuszko went on to fight for democracy in his native Poland. Kosciuszko was a man of high morals and genuine concern for the personal freedoms of all men during a time when slavery and serfdom was common throughout the world.
Thaddeus Kosciuszko Park is a heavily wooded, 36.5 acre park that features many amenities including 1.7 miles of jogging/hiking trails through rain gardens, a 20-car parking lot with pervious pavement, a gazebo, fishing ponds and a sinkhole overlook. Many of the maple, American beech and oak landmark trees have been around since the times of the Wyandottes, who used the area for their annual maple syrup sugar camp.
For more information, visit www.DublinOhioUSA.gov/parkdedication.
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