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Croatian Cultural Garden Ground Breaking

Croatian Cultural Garden Ground Breaking
April 30, 2011

On Saturday April 30, 2011 ground was broken in a ceremony at the site of the Croatian Cultural Garden.

Shovel with Croatian flag ribbon

This will be the first garden of its kind in the United States and Canada to celebrate the contributions of the Croatian people and to serve as a visible symbol of Croatia’s rich heritage.

The Croatian Garden received a challenge grant of $50,000 from the Edward and Catherine Lozick Foundation. The local Croatian community raised the matching $50,000.

Edward Lozick and Branka Malinar

Edward Lozick and Branka Malinar



Father Zvonko Blasko, associate pastor at St. Paul Croatian Church on E. 40th St. in Cleveland, who blessed the Garden.

Father Zvonko Blasko, associate pastor at St. Paul Croatian Church on E. 40th St. in Cleveland

Father Zvonko Blasko, associate pastor at St. Paul Croatian Church on E. 40th St. in Cleveland



Branka Malinar led the crowd in a short program which included the reading of a certificate from Michael Patterson of Congressman Dennis Kucinich's office.

Michael Patterson of Congressman Dennis Kucinich's office

Michael Patterson of Congressman Dennis Kucinich's office


Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation president Paul Burik then welcomed the Croatians to the family of Gardens.

Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation president Paul Burik

Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation president Paul Burik

Then dignitaries and members of the Croatian Garden committee grabbed shovels and broke ground.

Shovels with Croatian flag ribbon



Ground breaking of Croatian Cultural Garden

Ground breaking of Croatian Cultural Garden

The Croatian Garden has been in the planning stages for over 2 years. On November 1. 2009 a benefit was held for the Garden

The highlight of the Croatian Garden will be a bronze piece entitled "Immigrant Mother," which shows a woman holding on to her two children. The late Joseph Turkaly created the piece. His son Thomas Turkaly said it represents "a universal theme for the immigrants coming from all over the world to Cleveland."

Julia Turkaly, wife of sculptor Joseph Turkaly, with son Thomas

Julia Turkaly, wife of sculptor Joseph Turkaly, with son Thomas


The next step is for volunteers to work on construction of the central plaza, a waterfall and walkways that will define the landscaped area.

Plans for the Cleveland Croatian Garden

Plans for the Cleveland Croatian Garden


The Croatian Garden is expected to be complete sometime this fall.

Enjoy these images from the Croatian Garden ceremony.

Watching the ground breaking in the Croatian Garden

Watching the ground breaking in the Croatian Garden


Jerry Malinar with two of his grandsons Jessie Rogers and Kevin Kleinsmith  with the Croatian Flag

Jerry Malinar with two of his grandsons Jessie Rogers
and Kevin Kleinsmith with the Croatian Flag


Helena Mazura holding her three years old granddaughter, Ella Campbell

Helena Mazura holding her three years old granddaughter,
Ella Campbell


Isabella

Isabella


Branka Malinar and Harry Jerinic - Croatian Cultural Garden committee members

Branka Malinar and Harry Jerinic
- Croatian Cultural Garden committee members


Victoria

Victoria


Peter, Gabbie and Nick Cveljo

Peter, Gabbie and Nick Cveljo


Edward Lozick

Edward Lozick


Jerry and Branka Malinar

Jerry and Branka Malinar


Slavko Katic and Harry Jerinic

Slavko Katic and Harry Jerinic


Tom Turkaly with the Croatian Garden plans

Tom Turkaly with the Croatian Garden plans


Paul Burik and Father Zvonko Blasko

Paul Burik and Father Zvonko Blasko


Mary Hamlin from the British Garden with Marko Lasic and Kathy Kuhar

Mary Hamlin from the British Garden with
Marko Lasic and Kathy Kuhar


Gary Kotlarsic from the Polish Garden with son Gustav

Gary Kotlarsic from the Polish Garden with son Gustav


Zdenka Raguz and Chritine Vidmar

Zdenka Raguz and Chritine Vidmar


Croatian Mom and little girl


Croatian children with Father Zvonko Blasko

Croatian children with Father Zvonko Blasko


Erika Puussaar of the Estonian Graden and Jerry Malinar

Erika Puussaar of the Estonian Graden and Jerry Malinar


Danijela

Danijela


Julia Turkaly, wife of sculptor Joseph Turkaly, with son Thomas and Jerry Malinar

Julia Turkaly, Thomas Turkaly and Jerry Malinar

Edward Lozick and Branka Malinar


Ground breaking of Croatian Cultural Garden


Ground breaking of Croatian Cultural Garden - Branka Malinar, Paul Burik, Jerry Malinar and Mary Hamlin

Branka Malinar, Paul Burik, Jerry Malinar and Mary Hamlin


Croatian Girls


Croatian Girls with Kristina Drvenkar

Kristina Drvenkar with girls


Croatian Youth Soccer Club

Croatian Youth Soccer Club


Branka Malinar

Branka Malinar


Nicole, Victoria, Isabella and Danijela

Nicole, Victoria, Isabella and Danijela


Malinar Family

Malinar Family


Isabella

Isabella


Croatian Flag ribbons

A great day for the Croatian Community


Photos by Anita Kazarian and Dan Hanson

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