Rose Garden honors memories at Lorain’s Lakeview Park

Moriah Jackson of Elyria walks around the circle paths in the Lakeview Park Rose Garden ahead of her brothers Chase and Mitchell in 2012 in the Lakeview Park rose garden. (John Kuntz,

In 1932, 3,000 rose bushes grow at Lorain’s Lakeview Park to honor the city’s war veterans.

Now, individuals can sponsor roses, donating money in honor of relatives who have died or to celebrate milestones.

For example, a rose bush donated by the Slusher Family in memory of Edith Kratt. “Edith lived for 72 years on Mildred Ave, in her home that was built as a wedding gift by her husband Bill in 1925. Their three children and families have fond memories of Lakeview Park.”

The garden of dozens of varieties of roses is shaped like a wheel with eight spokes, creating the Rotary Club emblem. While the garden was renovated in 2005, the Lorain County Metro Parks discovered a small garden in the shape of a star, which was dedicated to Gold Star Mothers, who had lost a child in a war.

“The rose garden was known throughout the United States. Every bus that came through the city of Lorain, there was always a stop at Lakeview,” said former city park superintendent Joe Trifiletti told the Plain Dealer in 2006.

The garden was replanted after falling into disrepair. The renovation was as historically correct as possible, using park board minutes, blueprints and family photographs. Horticulturists tried to match many of the flower varieties that once bloomed there, from Crowd Pleaser to Full Sail.

Lakeview Park

Lakeview Park,at 1800 W. Erie Ave. in Lorain, includes playgrounds, volleyball courts, picnic shelters, paved trails, two amphitheaters, lawn bowing and views of the Lorain Lighthouse. In 2007, the bluff was re-graded to allow for handicap accessible sidewalks leading down to the beach, and a new bathhouse with a cafe was built to replicate original 1920s building.

Bryan Goldthorpe plants the first of 1,200 roses in the circle garden in Lakeview Park in Lorain in 2006. (Plain Dealer file)

There are three levels of sponsorship:
  • $100.00 – entitles the donor to sponsor a rose bush and be listed on the donation plaque
  • $250.00 – entitles the donor to select a rose variety from a pre-determined list of roses and their name the donation plaque
  • $1,000.00 – entitles the donor to a flower bed with a stone marking the donation and a listing on the donation plaque.

For more information on donations, click here.