City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

Veterans Memorial Project

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View the Presentation From February 6  

A group of residents, including several veterans of the armed services, are collaborating to significantly enhance the Veterans memorials at Mallway Park, to create an inviting and attractive place for reflection and appreciation of the men and women who have served their country. Upon completion, the enhanced Veterans Memorial Park will be re-dedicated and gifted to the community. Landscape architecture firm, POD design, has been secured to develop initial concepts for the park enhancements. Mallway businesses, neighboring residents and the community are encouraged to be part of this process and to share their thoughts on what is proposed.

As plans for this proposal are further developed—and pending Council support of the improvements—a fundraising effort will be undertaken in 2018 to help facilitate most or all of the project costs. Of note, the project is in line for a $200,000 grant from the State Capital Budget, subject to budget adoption and the success of the planning and fundraising efforts.

Following a first round of community engagement, which included several meetings and an online survey, the planning team has taken the feedback received under consideration, and is in the process of making some revisions to the design concept. A second round of outreach will be scheduled soon so that the community can see and comment on the revisions. Once this has been completed, plans for the proposal will be shared with City Council.  

The first round of community engagement was comprised of:

  • State of the City Address Community Fair Table: 5 p.m., Monday, January 22, Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road
  • Mallway Businesses Meeting: 8 a.m., Friday, February 2, UA Schools Administration Offices, 1950 N Mallway Drive
  • Public Meeting: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 6, UA Schools Administration Offices, 1950 N Mallway Drive
  • Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Presentation: Wednesday, February 14, Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road
  • Online Survey: Mid-February-mid-March. Our thanks to all who participated. Please see the links below for survey results.

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About the District and Existing Veterans Memorials
The Mallway Business District was the first commercial area in Upper Arlington, and today it retains much of its historic feel. Surrounded by the community’s earliest neighborhoods, the district is home to a vibrant mixture of uses that include shops, restaurants and businesses, along with several public facilities:

  • Fire Station #71, formerly the first municipal building;
  • Jones Middle School, built in 1924 and designed by former UA resident, nationally renowned architect and Upper Arlington Wall of Honor inductee, Howard Dwight Smith, who also designed the OSU “Shoe” football stadium amongst other notable Columbus landmarks;
  • The Upper Arlington Schools Administration offices;
  • Devon Pool; and
  • Mallway Park.

In 2011, the City undertook a series of enhancements within the district, as part of the Arlington Avenue Reconstruction Project. This included landscape improvements, new streetlights, benches, brick pavers and improved access for pedestrians and cyclists. Since 2014, a generous donor has funded a beautification project through the Upper Arlington Community Foundation, featuring seasonal flower baskets and planters. 

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History of Existing Memorials

  • 1946: The War Memorial Gateway was constructed to honor those who are or will serve in the armed services of our Country. Installation of pillars with a World War II honor roll 
  • June 1968: A historical marker about Camp Willis was installed as part of Upper Arlington’s Golden Anniversary. The marker was sponsored by the City and Upper Arlington Civic Association.
  • Memorial Day 1969: The “Flame of Freedom” gas torch was installed and dedicated above the two WWII columns. It was presented to the City by the Upper Arlington Post of the American Legion in celebration of its 50th anniversary.
  • 1970s: the Flame was extinguished during the national gas crisis.
  • November 11, 1990: Plaques for veterans of the Korean War and the Vietnam War were added to the park by the existing WWII Memorial.
  • 1990: There was an unsuccessful effort to re-establish the Flame of Freedom
  • 2017: A Blue Star Memorial Byway Marker was installed by the Serendipity Garden Club to honor past, present and future members of the nation’s Armed Forces.


Date of Record: 2018-03-29