Put-in-Bay, Ohio – US Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-9) leads a list of dignitaries scheduled to celebrate the reopening of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, May 19, at 10 am.
The memorial was closed in 2017 for restoration and repairs reducing the park’s deferred maintenance (DM) obligation by more than $4 million at an actual cost of just over $2.4 million. The projects included repointing the exterior masonry, removing efflorescence, replacing broken interior wall tile, and rehabilitating five exterior bronze doors. These deferred maintenance projects were paid for with entrance fee revenue and National Park Service Line Item Construction funding.
“This is an important moment in the history of the park, and we are thrilled to share it with the American public,” said Superintendent Barbara Fearon. Congresswoman Kaptur will be joined by Senator Randy Gardner (R-OH-2), Representative Steve Arndt (R-OH-89), Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) represented by his Ohio District Director Kelsey Krull, Governor John Kasich (R-OH) represented by his Northwest Ohio Regional Representative LuAnne Cooke, and Ottawa County Commissioners Mark Coppeler (R), Jim Sass (D), and Mark Stahl (R).
Superintendent Fearon said Huntington National Bank is paying for the first 103 adults to take the elevator to the Observation Deck for free in observance of the 103rd anniversary of the start of memorial operations. “We thank Huntington National Bank for their generosity,” said Fearon.
“Once the contractors took possession of the memorial column in 2017, it was inaccessible to park staff as well as the public. We hope to see a crowd on opening day and all season.” She also noted that Webster P. Huntington, a decedent of the founder of Huntington National Bank, was instrumental in raising funds to build the memorial. It is noteworthy and fitting that 103 years later Huntington National Bank is helping make the memorial accessible to the public.
Thanks to our friends at Lake Erie Shores and Islands, the first 103 children (15 years old and younger) will receive a Perry’s Victory and International Peace Quarter in a protective case. Superintendent Fearon said, “Lake Erie Shores and Islands President Larry Fletcher has been visiting this park since he was a child and graciously offered to give something tangible to help other children remember their visit.”
The fee for adults (16 and older) is $7, those 15 and younger ride the elevator to the observation deck for free. Credit cards will be accepted for fee payment for the first time in 2018. The majority of entrance fees collected stay in the park and are applied to high priority needs that directly impact the visitor experience.