Named for Chlois G. Ingram, a former volunteer at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, the original Spirit of Women Park featured clusters of colorful, hand-painted tiles connected by water channels.
In 1999, women and men from all walks of life flocked to sessions where they could design and paint their own tiles in three different sizes. The result was as unique and varied as the donors themselves; some were simple drawings, while others contained detailed quotes and lists of names. They honored women both living and dead, near and far. They honored women in all roles: mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, nieces, friends, healers, teachers, and mentors.
Because the original tiles and park had deteriorated due to time and natural elements, the Park has now been transformed as part of the Medical Center Expansion. The original tiles of the donor fountain have been renewed onto etched glass and appear to be “floating” on cascading water atop a crescent-shaped reflecting pool. And as with the original, a separate monument honors Chlois G. Ingram and her contributions as a wife, mother, daughter, and friend.
The park represents the healing impact of many caring women, including its namesake, Chlois G. Ingram. And her legacy, “With a spirit of caring, compassion and kindness, the nourishment she shared healed hearts and restored hope” inscribed on the monument in both the original and new parks, continues to grow.