Sheffield Lake/Sheffield Village

By John Edwards

At the recent 40-year reunion of Brookside High School’s class of 1975, the classmates formulated a plan to create a memorial for the 14 members of their graduating class who have since died − one that could be extended to include all deceased Brookside alumni. They came up with an idea for “a peaceful place to mark the passing of friends, to reflect on our memories as the lake allows, and show the solid sort of the city through Mayor (Dennis) Bring, Steve ovach and Pat Hastings,” alumna Annette Corrao (BHS ’75) said.

Corrao and fellow class of ’75 alumnus Mark Kudrin spearheaded the idea and began the process of making their concept a reality. They approached Mayor Bring (BHS ’73), Councilman at Large Steve Kovach (council’s representative on the independent Park Board) and Sheffield Lake Service Department Supervisor Pat Hastings who quickly got on board to help with the project. Corrao and Kudrin presented their concept of creating a BHS Alumni Memorial on the northwest corner of Shell Cove Park,, overlooking Lake Erie, to the Park Board Oct. 19.

At council’s Oct. 20 work session, Kovach told council the Park Board had approved the project, a 14- by 30-foot area with pavers and seat walls, enhanced with engraved benches as well as engraved pavers and landscaping. Low-voltage or solar-powered lighting would accent the overall appearance of the patio and landscaping.

Corrao and Kudrin had already raised $750 toward installing the project at their class reunion, and are extending the opportunity to all BHS alumni classes to donate the same amount for benches and/or pavers in the name of their classmates who have passed on.

“It’s an exciting project and I’m proud to be involved in making it happen,” Corrao said. “We thought a park area looking out to the lake in memory of all Brookside alumni from all classes who have passed was something we could organize. Mark Kudrin and I have got it started with donations from Kurtz Bros. (Mark works for Kurtz Bros.) and our class and labor done by both the city and some friends of Mark. We think we can get the area cleared and concrete poured before the weather turns inclement. We’ll solicit donations of money and labor from local contractors and other businesses as well as alumni.

“Mark Kudrin has mapped out quite a nice plan; he brings a zest and knowledge for this type of undertaking,” Corrao said. “We invite all BHS grads who would like to donate labor, supplies or funds to contact me (annettec@roadrunner.com) or Mark (kilmar@roadrunner.com) through e-mail. We want to thank the city of Sheffield Lake for excavating the park area and running electricity to the site. Josh Fontanez of Fontanez Landscaping, not an alumnus but a generous man, will provide labor for the actual patio and walls as well as the artistic rendering of how the park will look when completed.”

Kudrin estimated the cost of material at about $8,000.

“This estimate includes pavers, seat walls, concrete, landscaping and lighting,” Kudrin said in an e-mail. “This estimate may be high, but it’s safe. We will have to obtain additional funds through donation. In addition to the first $750 donation, I have secured at least $2,000 worth of material. CST Paver acknowledged they would donate additional wall stone through Kurtz Bros. of Avon. That brings us to five pallets of donated display material. Anyone interested may follow our progress on Brookside’s Facebook page. Once the park is complete, we’ll provide elaborate details as to how individuals or entire classes may have the pavers etched and benches carved to commemorate their classmates.”

Contact John Edwards at news@2presspapers.com

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