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ProMedica donates $10 million to Glass City Metropark, renames SeaGate

ProMedica has agreed to donate $10 million over six years to help Metroparks Toledo with the planned Glass City Metropark & Riverwalk, it announced Thursday.

The donation will go toward the $200 million or more of work that remains at the site. A recently passed levy only partially covers that amount, as it is expected to raise about $16 million a year over 10 years.

The Toledo-based nonprofit health organization also announced Thursday that it has chosen a new name for the former SeaGate Convention Centre: Glass City Convention and Event Center. The Toledo-Lucas County Convention and Visitors Bureau had granted ProMedica the exclusive right to name the convention center in 2019 in recognition of its $5 million gift to help renovate the facility.

Robin Whitney, ProMedica’s chief strategic planning and real estate officer, said ProMedica is excited to support the park project “that will bring the positive and mental health benefits of being outdoors to our most urban setting.”

“With the need to socially distance ourselves much of this year, many of us have developed an even greater appreciation for Metroparks Toledo and the role it plays in our community,” she said.

Scott Savage, president of the Board of Park Commissioners, said the donation is a significant contribution to the project and he appreciates the leadership of ProMedica CEO Randy Oostra.

“Randy Oostra’s vision and ProMedica’s leadership in creating the Downtown Master Plan and their partnership with Metroparks to acquire the Marina District got us to where we are today,” he said.

Tina Skeldon Wozniak, president of the Board of Lucas County Commissioners, said county leaders are “thrilled” by ProMedica’s support of two “transformational projects.”

Glass City Metropark and the remodeled convention center both will attract thousands of visitors to Toledo’s downtown area, and ProMedica “is keenly aware of that,” Mrs. Wozniak said.

WIth public agencies often struggling to find funding for such projects, she said, “it really makes a difference any more to have a public-private partnership like we have,” and the progress next year will be exciting to watch.

“There’s going to be so much to do, you’re going to have to make choices about how to spend your time in the area,” Mrs. Wozniak said.


Posted By: The Toledo Blade on November 19, 2020.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.

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