(7-1-17) Celina Mayor Jeff Hazel addressed the Grand Lake Rotary (June 29th) to talk about the development of the Bryson Park District and the building of the Harley Jones Amphitheater.
Hazel in the Celina Daily Standard talked about moving forward:
“pretty aggressive plan”
Hazel also told the Rotarians in another Daily Standard story:
“My intent is to have that amphitheater built … this year.”
The building of a pavilion was first considered in 2003 during Mayor Paul Arnold’s tenure. The thought of building the facility came after a group of community officials visited St. Joseph, Michigan’s Silver Beach.
In a September, 2003 Daily Standard story:
And, Arnold said he is working on a design for a pavilion for the former Hawk property near North Shore Park. He hopes large donations from local industries will help fund such a project.
What we know:
No specific details are presently in place until Mercer County Probate Court Judge Mary Pat Zitter signs off on this plan. In the future any improvements, additions, modifications, construction or enhancement on the land that the Bryson Estate helped to acquire must be approved by the Estate and the Mercer County Probate Court.
Relocating Lakeshore Drive:
- does not have a cost estimate
- will not happen for several years
- funded through income-tax revenue (street account)
- will be diverted behind the Hot Water Hole
- current bridge would be removed
- a walk-bridge will be added
Harley Jones Rotary Memorial Amphitheater:
- designed by Bassett Associates of Lima
- to be built on the former Mercelina Park softball field
- city officials will oversee the amphitheater
- city received $1.2 million in state capital dollars (must be named after Harley Jones)
- a walking path around the amphitheater
Served as Chairman of the Celina Retail Merchants Association and was a past President of the Celina Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He served as a member of the Celina Income Tax Board of Review for over twenty-five years. He also served on the Mercer County Library Board, Mercer County Health Foundation, and the Community Improvement Board. He was a member of Celina Lions Club and the Celina Rotary Club, the Mercer County Republican Central Executive committee and served as a Finance Chairman for the campaign committee for State Senator Keith Faber. In 2015 Harley was awarded the Mercer County Republican of the Year. Harley had been awarded the distinction of “Citizen of the Year” in Celina and Sidney, Ohio. In Sidney he served as President of the Teen Center Board of Directors for 5 years, and Vice President of the Shelby County YMCA. He also served on the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants Board of Directors for 26 years. He was past President of the Ohio Jewelers Association and served for 15 years on its Board of Directors. During his tenure on the Board he was an integral part of the growth and success of the Columbus Jewelry Show. Harley was appointed to the Ohio Jewelers Association Educational Foundation 2007-2015. Harley led several fundraising efforts for the community, with the most recent one being a fundraiser to purchase new Christmas lights for downtown Celina.