Fairview Park’s Bain Park gets recognition

September 27, 2013 by  

This month, Bain Park, located in Fairview Park, Ohio, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Residents gathered at the park to celebrate a plaque being unveiled by Mayor Eileen Patton and Dan Shell, both of the Bain Park Restoration Committee, earlier in September. Participants in the ceremony discussed the park’s history and what earning the registration means for Fairview Park.

Mayor Patton noted that the park will be protected and can never be developed, remaining forever pristine and beautiful. The recognition also means it might be eligible for grants and other types of financing to restore and maintain it.

Bain Park becomes the first property in Fairview Park to be honored by being designated a national historic landmark. It is part of the Bain Park Historic District, which includes the whole park, the cabin, a stone staircase, four stone bridges, retailing walls, a wishing well, outdoor showers, and a shelter house. The cabin, as well as the other structures, was built at the time of the Great Depression by the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

The project was the idea of David Bain, who was mayor of Fairview at the time. The historic importance of Bain Park comes from the fact that its art and architecture is representative of the Depression and the WPA projects of the time.

Fairview Park officials could work with brochure printers to create a display explaining the structures and the importance of the park in understanding Depression-era history.