ANNOUNCEMENTS & UPCOMING EVENTS:
FRIENDS OF THE FLAGPOLE ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES COMMENCEMENT OF RESTORATION OF HISTORIC RAVENNA FLAGPOLE IN RAVENNA, OH
Friends of the Flagpole Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit Ohio corporation today announced that restoration work will commence on the historic Ravenna flagpole situated in Ravenna, Ohio in front of the Portage County Courthouse.
Built in 1893 by Van Dorn Iron Works of Cleveland, Ohio, the Ravenna flagpole has been the most distinctive feature of central Ravenna, the Portage County seat, since it was erected. While the 19th century courthouse has come and gone, the flagpole remains the tallest structure in the city and a symbol of the community’s pride and patriotism. The flagpole’s structure was modelled after the Eiffel Tower which graced Paris, France only four years before Ravenna’s flagpole was erected.
The work will begin (weather permitting) on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 7 am when the flagpole will be disassembled to be trucked to a local sandblasting firm. The flagpole will come down the same way it went up over 120 years ago – in sections. The pole and the infrastructure will be sandblasted and then prepped with a special coating used in the aeronautical industry and known for its strength and endurance. Dismantling the iconic structure will take around 8 hours. Vehicular traffic on Main Street in Ravenna near the Courthouse will be restricted. South Chestnut Street from Main to Spruce will be closed. The base of the structure will be prepped in place and a new base, lighting, and an ornamental fence will be erected. All the work, including reassembly is expected to be completed before Ravenna’s annual Balloon-A-Fair, held the third weekend of September.
The City of Ravenna will provide free, all-day parking at the City lot at the corner of Cedar and Meridian Streets to those who wish to watch the flagpole disassembled that day.
Ravenna Township hosted a community shred day on May 3, 2014 in collaboration with NeoShred of Akron;
we were awarded the environmental certificate;
Certificate of Environmental Success. Thank you residents for helping preserve our environment.
Effective September 4, 2012, Ravenna Township has adopted an Exterior Property Maintenance Code.