Preserving and Improving a Historic Park:
For more than 225 years, the Ligonier Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has served as the town’s central destination for residents, tourists, and commerce. The Mellon family has been a longtime, significant contributor to the district by supporting the construction and renovation of several historic buildings, including the library, town hall, and bank, among others. More recently, the Foundation has supported renovation, maintenance, and beautification projects for the Diamond and, in 2016, Foundation funding allowed the project architect to complete an engineering design and schematics for Diamond Park.
In 2017, a $3,035,000 Foundation grant will support redevelopment of the park, including replacing and repurposing all large trees; installing new electrical, perimeter lighting and sound systems and adding security cameras and a masonry extension to the bandstand; replacing the brick pavers and installing ADA handicap ramps; replacing wooden benches with new semi-circle benches; and reducing the park perimeter at each corner by up to four feet. These features will improve park safety, reduce maintenance costs, benefit local businesses, and enhance residents’ and visitors’ enjoyment of Diamond Park for decades to come.