James E. Seney Triangle Park
A look at Sylvania's pristine three-pointed park before it loses its shape
Triangle Park, at the intersection of Alexis Road and Monroe Street in Sylvania, was named in honor of Sylvania Mayor James E. Seney decades ago. The prominent republican served in that office from 1977 to 1995, and passed away in 2012 at age 71 when he was involved in a boating accident while fishing in Canada.
The one-acre park’s focus is a sculpture, the “Triad of Trees,” that has the words “Community Pride” featured at the bottom.
Among Seney's many local accomplishments, recreation may be considered his most important legacy. He was a relentless advocate for Sylvania’s recreation programs and helped advance the construction of the Tam-O-Shanter sports complex.
Seney organized a committee and advanced the idea of a self-supporting recreation district formed through the government entities of Sylvania Township, the City of Sylvania, and Sylvania Schools. As a result a resolution was passed by Sylvania Township Trustees establishing the Sylvania Area Joint Recreation District (SAJRD) in 1988.
The nine members of the new board were to be responsible for physical recreation, which included coordinating operations, facility maintenance, and also long-range planning for programs and facilities in Sylvania City and Township. They were also in charge of coordinating all Sylvania's recreation activities including performing arts, arts and crafts, social functions, nature related programs, and special events.
On the SAJRD board's initial list of priorities in 1988 was to formulate a method for self-funding the district, and then improve the athletic fields and playground equipment, and print a community recreation and leisure brochure.
In 2021, the City of Sylvania has projects underway to repair and repaint the signs around town, including the damaged sign at Triangle Park. But there are more changes coming to the park than just a sign spruce-up.
Major road construction is slated to take place in the next few years, with extensive changes to the 23 interchange. City officials hope some of the green space will survive, but believe it will resemble a circle more than a triangle as the intersection becomes a roundabout. How that will all turn out remains to be seen.
View of Triangle Park from the point, across from the entrance to 23 North. City officials believe the sign may have been the victim of vandalism.