Copper Beach Park

The historic copper beech tree of the Bailey Sutton Dean home site died in 2002 necessitating a future redesign of this former shade garden. The gardens were meant to be a gathering place for Village residents with benches and two whimsical concrete structures for children, affectionately known as "the pretzel and cheese." The home demolished in 1959 was worked on by James. A. Garfield when he was a student at the Eclectic Institute. Before it died, the beech was one of the largest in Ohio. The original gardens were encroached upon by a parking lot and a sewer line necessitated by the relocation of Hayden Street. The loss of the copper beech with its great canopy of shade has meant that shade tolerant plants are now exposed to full sun. FHG plans to use this opportunity to redesign the space as a children's garden with input from local children and residents.

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