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May 1, 2012

Old Harbor High School will soon become a park

ASHTABULA — Harbor High School alumni soon will be able to walk and reminisce at a park at the site of their alma mater.

The Mariner Memorial Park Association will place the 30-foot-long, 30-inch-high historical piece of concrete from Harbor High School on a footer diagonally across the corner of Walnut Boulevard and Lake Avenue. 

 Harbor High was demolished in 2009, but parts of the building, including this piece which reads, “Built in 1917,” were saved for historical purposes.

In addition, the group plans in 2013 to replace the sidewalk that runs from the property line on Walnut Boulevard to the property line on West Third Street with yellow bricks similar to the color of the former school. 

Alumni will be able to purchase bricks and have them engraved with their names, said Rae Smith, president of the Mariner Memorial Park Association, a 36-member group of HHS alumni.

“How better to memorialize our alma mater then by encasing the property where she stood with bricks engraved with the names of those people that walked her halls,” Smith said. We’ve been working on this for four years and it’s finally coming together ... We are thrilled.”

The group also is talking about signage similar to Point Park, with a photograph of old Harbor High School and its history, she said.

To accomplish all this, the Mariner Memorial Park Association is partnering with the Lift Bridge Community Association, the city of Ashtabula, the Architectural Review Board, Smolen Engineering of Jefferson and the property owner, local developer Matt Carson.

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