July 25, 2016

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Park District opens Allardale Lodge in Granger Twp.

Nearly 200 people attended the opening Sunday for the Lodge at Allardale, the Medina County Park District’s newest building in Granger Township.

Medina County Park District director Thomas James holds up a copy of “As I Remember ... by Uncle,” a memoir by the late Stanley Allard. Allard donated a major portion of his family farm to the park district in 1992. Sunday was the opening of Allardale Park’s new lodge. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

The 4,800-square-foot facility will be available to rent for special events starting July 1, said Park District Director Thomas James. It will also be used for park district programming.

The Allard family donated 175 acres of land to the park district in 1992, and the family’s foundation paid for the approximate $950,000 cost of construction.

Jim Allard, a pastor from Sheldon, Wis., gave a blessing at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“The lodge came about as our desire to see the park used,” he said.

Allard’s brother David was the building’s architect.

Stanley and Esther Allard, the brothers’ uncle and aunt, donated a major portion of their farm to the park district so the land would stay green space, he said.

The building is styled as a rustic barn with exposed beams, and features a fireplace, small kitchen, restrooms and a meeting room.

The park district built a parking lot, access road and septic system for the building.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.