Decades ago, the sweet aroma of roses filled Lakeview Park. The garden was originally planted as a memorial to the hundreds of people killed by a tornado that tore through Lorain in 1924. As the 2,500 roses were planted, the city chose to honor other individuals as well, including hometown soldiers who died in World War II. “It’s kind of like a living history to the people in Lorain,” says Lorain County Metro Parks Director Dan Martin.
During the 1980s, the garden slowly deteriorated. Last year, however, the Metroparks stepped in to revitalize the park. This summer, 48 beds of roses are primed to bloom. Martin says half of the roses were planted last year when his department took over, and the other half will be in the soil this spring. People can continue to buy the flowers in honor of loved ones living and gone. Their legacy will endure through the garden and Web-based pictures and stories about the person behind each blossom.
The concentric circles full of flowers are kept in place according to where their species were planted originally. Martin notes that while some species no longer are available, they have been replaced with the closest variety. That means once again, with its continued local help, the floral icon in Lorain County will flourish as another reminder that growth is happening all over this region.