Cleveland widow builds Parma Heights park in honor of late husband

Park to be modeled after Tuscan garden

PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio - An unused lot in Parma Heights that had been vacant for over 25 years is receiving a dramatic makeover that will benefit residents soon.

Margaret Colombo of Cleveland wanted to do something special to honor the memory of her late husband, Charles Colombo.

Colombo decided she wanted to build a park on property Charles owned on Pearl Road in Parma Heights, just west of Stumph Road. The lot was once occupied by a gas station.

As part of the public/private project, the city of Parma Heights acquired the land with a Community Development Block Grant. Margaret donated all funds to pay for the park's construction. The city will own the park.

Colombo Park will be modeled after a Tuscan garden. There will be a fountain that greets visitors as they enter the park. The 3/4 acre park will also contain walking trails, benches, lamp posts and woodcarvings.

The park is expected to be completed in the next few weeks.

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