Glass City Metropark
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About Glass City Metropark
Glass City Metropark will enhance East Toledo and downtown neighborhoods while creating a new regional destination. Construction is underway on Phase 1 of the new Metropark on the east side of the Maumee River.
Phase 1 is bordered by the Maumee River, Front Street, the Marina Lofts apartments currently under construction on Main Street, and E. Broadway, which will be extended across Front and become the park entrance.
From Glass City Metropark webpage
The future Metropark on the east side of the Maumee River, across from Downtown Toledo, will share the City of Toledo’s unofficial nickname, the Glass City, a title that is as relevant now as it was more than 100 years ago. The name refers to the city’s history, art and architecture as well as the industries for which it became known as the Glass Capital of the World.
“We have a policy for naming our parks, and that policy guides our decision making,” Toledo Metroparks Board President Scott J. Savage said. “But it does not lead our hearts. What leads us is a vision for our future and a respect for our heritage.
“The landmark known as Glass City Metropark is the result of months of input and discussion, and transcends any possible division a name might invoke.”
In choosing a name, the board wanted to represent both the east side and downtown, uniting them as one city.
Toledo is still known as the Glass Capital. Glass manufacturing began here in the 1880s, and the region remains the home of companies who manufacture glass or trace their roots to the industry.
The Toledo Museum of Art has one of the most important glass collections in the world, and was the birthplace of the Studio Glass Movement in the 1960s.
And the view from the future Metropark on the east bank of the Maumee River is a city skyline dominated by glass buildings, some of which were built by companies rooted in the glass industry.
“When this park and future waterfront revitalization garners national attention, its name will point back to our region, further bolstering local pride in our riverfront and Metropark system,” Mr. Savage said.
The first phase of construction at Glass City is expected to be completed in 2019.
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