“And They’re Off”
Beulah Park Memorial Sculpture
A GIFT TO THE GROVE CITY COMMUNITY FROM THE INVESTORS OF BEULAH PARK LIVING
On Friday, September 17 we dedicated the “And They’re Off” Memorial Sculpture to the City of Grove City. This marked Grove City’s most prominent art installation to date. The sculpture stands as a focal point for the community, an extension of the historic Town Center and a hallmark of this transformation.
The Investors of Beulah Park Living, led by developer Pat Kelley, had the vision to create a unique and artistic one-of-a-kind sculpture that would memorialize the Beulah Park racetrack. They also recognized the importance of creating something that would continue to inspire future generations. And they were driven by the their strong belief in the concept of “giving back to the communities in which you make a living.”
Passing on the idea of purchasing a piece of ready-made equestrian art, they commissioned a local artist, architect, maker and creator, Craig W Murdick. And not only did they commission him, but they challenged him to create something special. And then gave him the gift of an artistic license to go all in and he sure did.
Putting it into words.
It is not easy to put into words what Beulah Park has meant to so many and will mean to future generations. We hope this sculpture will be like “the picture that is worth a thousand words.” In wanting to put some words to it, we asked Katherine Kelley, daughter of developer Pat and Lisa Kelley, to help us capture some of those words. As a talented writer and poet, she did just that. Check it out below!
“The race begins… Which horse will win, The bets have been made, So gather around The main attraction Is right here in town” A piece of history is still in this place It’s enriched in this land And can’t be erased It all lives on Through the people and stories Filled with memories and fondness And bittersweet glory ~
As a new chapter is founded We look forward with cheer To all the new fellowships That will form through the years A community of people Connected and living Among a firm foundation That’s never stopped giving ~ A place to call home To live, work, and play We dedicate this statue With gratitude today
- A Gift to the Grove City Community from the Investors of Beulah Park Living
- Dedicated: September 17, 2021
- Dedicated in conjunction with the 42nd Annual Arts in the Alley Festival
- City Council Acceptance and Thank You (Resolution CR-58-21): November 1, 2021
- Artist: Craig W. Murdick
- Estimated Investment: $225,000
- Weight of Steel Structure: 12,000 lbs.