AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Volunteers have planted fruit trees, dogwoods and crab apple trees below a northeast Ohio bridge in memory of dozens of people who jumped to their deaths there.
The trees were planted Sunday near Akron's "All-America Bridge" or "Y-Bridge," which is sometimes called the "Suicide Bridge." It's been the site of 34 suicides since 1997. Years of concern led to a nearly $9 million project to install a fence and make other changes to keep more people from jumping from the span.
Dana Starvaggi helped plan the memorial and tells the Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/JqTFqU ) it's a way to "put something positive" in an area plagued by a feeling of emptiness.
The volunteers planned to plant about 60 trees. The effort is funded through donations and a $6,000 grant.
Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com