With the family and friends of former mayor Pat Logan in attendance, Mayor John Ditslear unveiled the “The Giving Tree” – a plaque located in the lobby of City Hall that lists the people and special events for whom a tree has been purchased to be planted in a city park. Logan is the first name listed on the plaque.
“After Pat passed away, the city decided to plant a tree in her honor. Her family chose a serviceberry to be planted in Seminary Park,” Ditslear said. “She was a tremendous inspiration to so many of us and was instrumental in successfully leading the city during the eight years of her service as mayor. We all still miss her just as much today, and I know she and Jack are here with us in spirit.”
Ditslear said the city has had a tree dedication program for some time in which people or organizations may purchase a tree to be planted in a city park in honor or memory of a person or a special event. The tree would then have a small plaque that listed the name of that person or special event.
Parks Director Don Seal came up with the idea of having a large plaque with individually engraved leaves to commemorate the individuals and special events for whom and for which a tree was purchased. On Oct. 24 Ditslear officially dedicated Logan’s memorial tree.
“Pat’s engraved leaf reads: In remembrance; Mayor Patricia Logan; Positive Attitude & Integrity; 1980 – 1988,” Ditslear said. “If you didn’t have the honor of knowing Pat, this describes her perfectly. She always was positive – about the city, about her family and about the community of Noblesville. And, she had complete integrity. She was a role model for me and many others in this city.”
In addition to Logan’s leaf, Ditslear announced two additional leaves that will be added to the plaque: one in memory of Bill Phillips, purchased by his friends, and the other in memory of Heath Adam Biddle, infant son of Noblesville Firefighter Adam Biddle and his wife, Ann, bought by the Noblesville Fire Dept.
For information, contact the parks department at 776-6350.