The Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park

Posted on June 19, 2012

Lakeside Chautauqua has owned a major wooded parcel of land along Harsh Road for many decades.

Recently, Lakeside acquired nearly seven additional acres adjoining this area with a goal of preserving and expanding green space while making it accessible to guests and residents throughout the year.

The Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors voted unanimously to develop these collective parcels as Chautauqua Park, Lakeside’s fourth major park.

Over time, this park, located east of South Poplar Avenue, will seamlessly weave together the four pillars of Chautauqua – religion, education, cultural arts and recreation.

The new, sacred space is dedicated to celebrating the circle of life. For instance, each year in Lakeside many newborns are baptized, couples plan engagements, marriages and anniversaries and families gather to celebrate birthdays, graduations and reunions.

The full development of this park will be a multi-phase commitment. In April, Lakeside expanded its fence line to include this 10-acre wooded location. The Victorian-style fence allows guests to have direct access off South Poplar Avenue within the gates.

The ashes will be placed in the ground, without a container, to become part of the soil, giving life to the garden’s many perennial plants and trees.

A beautifully inscribed memorial book will list the names of those buried in the garden. Markers will not be used in the formal memorial garden.

The Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park is expected to open June 2013. A burial fee will be established.

In upcoming phases, a garden pavilion and entry pavilions will be constructed for services and celebrations.  Three ponds – the upper pond, garden pond and lower pond – will be cut and connected by a small creek.

Beautiful art sculptures will be placed throughout the garden.  Nature trails will connect the 10 acres of wooded land so guests can experience the entire park.

The Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park will serve as a place where the living can reflect and connect spiritually, loved ones can be remembered, special occasions can be celebrated and the beauty of nature can be embraced.

Burial in the memorial garden is open to all.

All Lakesiders are invited to explore Chautauqua Park. Pick up a postcard describing The Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park from the Lakeside Chautauqua Office to take part in a self-guided tour. Stakes have been placed throughout the park to designate specific features.

Visit www.lakesideohio.com/giving to give a gift online to support the establishment of this garden for all to enjoy. Checks may be made payable and mailed to: Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation, 236 Walnut Avenue, Lakeside, OH 43440.

For more information on how you can support the development of The Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park, contact advancement@lakesideohio.com or (419) 798-5396.

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