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Posted on Aug 31, 2016 |

St. Mary’s Park – A Fountain Square for Covington?

St. Mary’s Park – A Fountain Square for Covington?

A rendering of the landscaping for St. Mary's Park, a public park in Covington being built facing the city's Gothic-style cathedral.

A rendering of the landscaping for St. Mary’s Park, a public park in Covington being built facing the city’s Gothic-style cathedral.

Set to open later this year, a new park next to Covington’s iconic cathedral will honor Mary and provide a new gathering place for residents and visitors.

“It’s gonna blow you away. Like the first time you see the Grand Canyon,” attorney Mark Guilfoyle told the River City News.

The model for the statue of Mary and Jesus by sculptor David Frech for the fountain that will anchor the park.

The model for the statue of Mary and Jesus by sculptor David Frech for the fountain that will anchor the park.

Guillfoyle, who is on the steering committee for St. Mary’s Park, told the web publication that the park is meant to “enrich the urban experience” and become a city center, similar to Cincinnati’s Fountain Square.

A fountain featuring a 9-ft. tall bronze statue of the Virgin and Child by Philadelphia artist David Frech will anchor the plaza, which will include a fountain, plantings, brick pavers, benches, and special lighting.  The fountain, Guilfoyle said, recalls the shape of the baptismal font inside the cathedral, and the park will allow visitors a prime view of the cathedral’s famed facade, a copy of Notre Dame de Paris.

The grounds will also include a small statue of Our Lady of Knock, also by Frech, to reflect the Cathedral parish’s Irish heritage.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the park will be managed by the cathedral but has been planned and funded by volunteers and community organizations.

For more about the park, the fountain, and other recent or upcoming redevelopments in Covington, click here for coverage in the River City News. For the park’s official website, which includes a information about how to donate, go to stmaryspark.org.

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