The next time you pass by the city of Ryan, you may want to take a slow drive through town to check out some of the community’s recent improvements… The City completed several big projects this summer, including the installation of new playground equipment at the Ryan City Park. Ryan Mayor Mike Corcoran says Alliance Pipeline provided a 30-thousand dollar grant for the project.
You’ll notice another new project at the Ryan Ball Diamond. The Ryan Ball Association provided a new scoreboard at the baseball field, as well as a new sign. And the umpire statue – known as the “World’s Largest Umpire” – was repainted this summer. Much of the funding for that project came from the Delaware County Cash Mob, a large group of area residents who unexpectedly showed up at a Ryan ballgame one night this summer to spend money on bake sale items and concessions. And the umpire statue wasn’t the only thing repainted in Ryan this summer… The helicopter at the Ryan Veteran’s Memorial also got a facelift.
The historic water fountain that sat in the intersection of Main and Washington has been restored, thanks to donations and last year’s grant from the Foundation for the Future of Delaware County. It now sits at Crystal Park at the east end of Main Street. And there’s a new brick and mortar entrance sign to Ryan that was also possible because of the foundation’s grant. Corcoran says when a town of just 361 people comes together to make these kinds of improvements, it shows that people really care about the community.
Several ribbon cutting ceremonies were held for these projects in Ryan Monday night, with local officials, donors and residents attending.