Have your name engraved on a brick to place in downtown Galion

Companies, organizations and individuals will be able to obtain engraved bricks which will be installed this summer in the public square of Galion.

The bricks will be placed around Park Square on the northeast corner of the square, which has been under renovation since the spring, according to Matt Echelberry, communications director for the town of Galleon.

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“There were already 490, and those will be relocated,” Echelberry said. “The city originally carried out the project in 1996.”

The goal is to sell as many new bricks as possible before the end of August to raise funds to complete the project before Oktoberfest.

Project mainly financed by the State

The project was primarily funded by a $100,000 allocation from the state’s capital bill for the renovation, Echelberry said.

“Then we inject an additional $48,000 into city funding,” he said.

Money from the sale of engraved bricks will be used to complete the aesthetics of the park, such as shrubs or trees, but these plans have not yet been finalized.

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“We haven’t really made a firm decision,” Echelberry said. “It depends on how many forms we receive.”

The legal right to accept money through the sale of bricks still awaits council approval, according to Tom O’Leary, mayor of Galleon.

“I think it will be well received,” he said.

The park renovations themselves have not only already been approved, but are nearing completion.

Several pallets of bricks were delivered to the Galion town center square.

“I think we can say by Oktoberfest we can open it,” O’Leary said. “If it will be 100% done, only time will tell.”

The paths in the park had become uneven over the years as tree roots grew. These have now all been removed and fresh concrete has been poured.

“It will be good,” O’Leary said. “I’m glad it’s moving forward.”

Two brick sizes available

The city expects the requests to contain names of individuals, families, businesses or organizations, and could even be written as memorials.

Order forms are available online at www.galion.city.

People interested in buying a brick are urged to return their forms to the mayor’s office, 301 Harding Way East, by August 31, as availability is somewhat unknown.

“That’s until we ran out of space,” Echelberry said. “There are two different sizes of bricks, so the amount of space we have depends on the size distribution.”

4-by-8-inch bricks sell for $50, and 8-by-8-inch options are $100.

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In addition to the bricks sold in 1996, the city has room for 450 larger bricks or 900 smaller ones.

“I’m sure we’re going to get a combination of sizes,” Echelberry said.

Longstreth Memorials will engrave the bricks once all orders have been placed.

“They’re already starting to arrive,” Echelberry said. “We had eight forms on the first day.”

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David H. Henry