A gem in the city in the form of Beatty Park is undergoing some renovations, and we believe the outcome will be beneficial to the city and visitors alike.
A beautification project is ongoing at the park, thanks to efforts of local resident and businessman Jody Glaub, who set up a fund through the Community Foundation of Jefferson County.
Phase one of the renovations at Beatty Park have included the enhancement of the entrance with flowers, shrubbery and trees. The work also has included several trees cut down near the entrance that were grown over and were hampering the entry way and a nearby walking trail.
Glaub has a vision of returning the South End park in our city to its original look. He started the process through the Foundation with a $5,000 donation and asked anyone who ever spent time in Beatty Park or those wanting to donate to the beautification of the park to contribute. He's added more money to the fund since, and the fruits of his labor definitely can be seen.
Beatty Park also has received some sprucing up through volunteers with the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, who worked last fall to clean up some of the trails that wind throughout the picturesque park.
Glaub, and others, said the idea behind revamping the park is simple: They all spent time at the park as youngsters. It was a park with winding trails, a pool, natural amphitheaters, stone bridges and many pleasing amenities for visitors, and they would like to see the park restored.
There's a history with Beatty Park, which officially was named in 1930 in honor of Dr. Charles Clinton Beatty. Before that it belonged to the Union Cemetery Association. A popular sight in the city at that time, it was reported that an Easter egg hunt was held that year with more than 2,500 people participating.
Imagine that type of event with that large turnout being held in the city today.
We applaud Glaub for his vision and thank him and the many other volunteers who have worked to begin to return Beatty Park to its past glory.
We hope others will volunteer their time and funding to aid in the restoration of one of Steubenville's most tranquil and beautiful spots.