We Are Parma Proud

We Are Parma Proud, Inc. is a newly created 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance, improve and develop the image of the City of Parma, by informing the public on subjects and events which are beneficial to the community. This organization modeled itself after the Proud of Parma, Inc., a 501(c)4 nonprofit, which was created in the 1970s. Proud of Parma, Inc. thrived for decades and brought many memorable projects to the City of Parma. This new nonprofit hopes to move forward in building upon those traditions of bringing together businesses, government, nonprofit groups, and individuals for the purpose of strengthening and promoting pride in our city, with fresh new ideas, enhanced projects, and community-wide events.

On Wednesday, June 19th, We Are Parma Proud, Inc. had their initial launch, a community meeting at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center. It was well attended by nonprofit groups, businesses, government representatives, and individuals. Discussed were the vision for the future, partnership opportunities, and action steps. We Are Parma Proud, Inc. is sponsoring the Parma 4th of July Parade. On August 3, 2019, a family oriented, Parma’s Summer Party in the Park is to be held at Anthony Zielinski Park at W Ridgewood Drive. 

Many exciting ideas were discussed at the launch party. Tom Mastroianni, City of Parma’s Treasurer, will be chairing a committee to create a Welcome to Parma booklet. This booklet will highlight the unique culture and attractions the City of Parma has to offer. It will include a listing of the City’s small businesses, recreational and entertainment offerings available only in Parma. The booklet will first be made available during the NFL Draft which will be hosted by the City of Cleveland in 2021. The booklet will also be sent to new homeowners welcoming them into the City of Parma. Volunteers will be needed to work on this massive project. If you are interested in donating your time to a sub-committee, please email We Are Parma Proud at parmaproud1@gmail.com. 

During the meeting, each attendee was given the opportunity to introduce themselves and share their visions for the future of the City of Parma. A Parma History book was discussed for launch in time for the City’s 200th-anniversary celebration. Projects mentioned included; additional City murals, public art, and a holiday light celebration to include additional Christmas decorations. Please keep the momentum up – you may share your ideas with the group by contacting them at parmaproud1@gmail.com. 

We Are Parma Proud is selling tee-shirts as a fundraiser. These quality ¾ length sleeve shirts have their new logo on them, created by local design firm All Of Her Design. You will see them on many of your neighbors as they show their pride in our great city. Tee-shirts can be purchased at Prama ArtSpace Gallery located at 5411 Pearl Road. 

As the 7th largest city in Ohio and the 2nd largest city in Cuyahoga County – Parma has a lot to be proud of. Such as the ethnic shops in Ukrainian Village and Polish Village, Stearns Farm, a 40-acre working farm in the center of Parma, and West Creek Reservation, to name a few. The crime rate in Parma is 52% lower than the national average, and our property values have continued to increase. Parma is a big city with a hometown feel. 

Follow We Are Parma Proud on Facebook, or email at parmaproud1@gmail.com.

Kathryn Mabin

Board Secretary of Parma Area Fine Arts Council, Inc, or PAFAC, and Artist/Jewelry Designer, Owner Aire of Opulence.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:28 AM, 07.02.2019