First Responders Park

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Support the First Responders Park Expansion this May

This May, Westerville Parks and Recreation is opening opportunities for community members to be recognized at the newly expanded First Responders Park, 374 W. Main St., when it is completed in the fall.

Construction began in March thanks to generous support from the state of Ohio. The City has worked with corporate donors and partners that are interested in being of the project that will forever honor Westerville’s first responders. Their help in funding the project will be recognized in various elements inside the site. And now, residents, visitors and anyone interested in having a family or individual presence in the park can get involved.

Large or small, each contribution to the park brings the community closer to its completion. Donations will be collected through the Westerville Parks Foundation. 

Your contribution through one of the three following categories may be submitted by May 31, 2019. For corporate donation opportunities and more information about supporting First Responders Park, visit

Selfless Donation ($249 and below)
Print recognition in park dedication brochure

Bravery Donation ($250-$999)
Name on plaque placed at park entrance, print dedication in park brochure and digital recognition on Westerville Parks Foundation Website.

Dedication Donation ($1,000 - $4,999)
Name on plaque placed at park entrance, print dedication in park brochure and digital recognition on Westerville Parks Foundation Website.

About the Park: 

Construction began on the renovation of First Responders Park, 374 W Main St. in March. The project is expected to be complete in early October.




Westerville’s First Responders Park (FRP) was first dedicated in 2010 to honor the service and sacrifice of all first responders. The centerpiece to the park was a section of steel known as “C-40” from the north tower of the World Trade Center that fell during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Later, on Oct. 9, 2011, the City dedicated a privately funded sculpture, “The Crossing,” which honors a fallen Westerville firefighter, David Theisen. In 1998, David was killed while battling a fire in Crooksville, Ohio.

On Feb. 10, 2018, Westerville Division of Police officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering were killed in the line of duty. As the community worked to cope with this tragic loss, plans to create a permanent police memorial were expedited.

Before the losses we suffered as a community, this project was considered for expansion because its size could not accommodate large community gatherings and noise from the street disrupted events. It has always been the intent of the City to be inclusive of all first responders. All elements of the existing park, including commemorative bricks, will be incorporated into the redesigned space.

Landscape architecture firms POD Design and McGill Smith Punshon provided design services free of charge to honor Morelli and Joering. Designs from memorials around the globe were used to inspire the park in form and function, which are illustrated in the renderings below. This project is supported by a generous $500,000 donation from the state of Ohio. 

First Responders Park

Updated on 04/04/2019 5:23 PM

These slides show some of the conceptual designs planned for the park.