Saturday, April 13, 2002

New park named for Stephanie Hummer




By David Eck
Enquirer contributor

        SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP — Eight years after Springfield Township resident Stephanie Hummer was found murdered in Columbus, her memory lives in the new township park that carries her name.

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    Stephanie Hummer Memorial Park will be dedicated today beginning at 10 a.m. The park is at 661 North Bend Road, across from St. Xavier High School.
        The Stephanie Hummer Memorial Park will be dedicated today. Geared to soccer, the 14-acre park features three soccer fields, a restroom/concession building, a shelter and a playground area for children. The complex is on North Bend Road across from St. Xavier High School.

        The dedication will include a full day of soccer games at the park. A scrimmage between the Ohio State and University of Cincinnati women's soccer teams will be held there on April 26 at 6 p.m.

        The park cost about $500,000, but an Ohio grant paid $98,500 of that, township officials said. Work on the park began in 1999.

        Stephanie Hummer was an 18-year-old Ohio State University freshman when she was found murdered in Columbus in 1994. The case has never been solved. A 1993 Finneytown High School graduate, Stephanie was on a full scholarship to OSU. She also played soccer, basketball and softball.

        In Ms. Hummer's honor, her parents, Dan and Sue Hummer of Springfield Township, established a trust to which Procter & Gamble donated the parcel of land for recreational use. The park was then turned over to the township.

        “It's a legacy for Stephanie, but I think it's also a legacy for the community,” Mr. Hummer said. “It's something that we wanted to do, but it's also something the entire community has been backing. It seemed to us some kind of outdoor activity that a lot of people could participate in would be a testimonial.”

        A small portion of the park has been set aside to be maintained as a memorial.

        The complex will be among the largest of Springfield Township's 17 parks and recreational areas.
       
       



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