Thirty years after it opened, a newly-upgraded Dorney Plaza was rededicated during a ceremony Tuesday afternoon in downtown Findlay.
Mayor Lydia Mihalik and the Hancock County commissioners issued a joint proclamation announcing the rededication of the plaza, named in honor of L. Dale Dorney, at the ceremony.
Dorney’s $5 million bequest to the Cleveland Foundation led to the creation the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation in 1992. The foundation funds projects to support the Findlay and Hancock County community.
Kathy Kreuchauf, Community Foundation president, said Tuesday that the foundation’s assets have grown to $120 million since its creation in 1992.
The foundation donated $200,000 of the $600,000 cost of the plaza upgrade project. The remaining $400,000 was covered by the city, Hancock County and private donations.
The plaza, located between the Findlay Municipal Building and the Hancock County Courthouse, was originally opened in 1987 and dedicated to Dorney. Officials said plans to renovate the plaza began in 2014.
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