Perrysburg has grand plans for riverfront PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 29 July 2013 09:30
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The proposed plan also calls for an expanded public/private marina on the river, while narrowing of part of Front Street would allow for sidewalk cafe space at the top of the stairs to blend the two areas.
PERRYSBURG - A sweeping $26 million plan to renovate and redesign the city's parks will be reviewed prior to Tuesday's city council meeting.
The design, which features an ice rink, walking and bicycle paths, a pedestrian bridge to Maumee and many more recreational additions, would open up the waterfront by drawing together the downtown area with Fort Meigs and Orleans, Hood and Riverfront parks with substantial long-term changes to each.
The 103-page master plan, accented with photographs, renderings and other visual elements, will be formally presented at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers.
The project includes total renovations of $10.8 million at Orleans Park, $12 million at Hood Park and $3.1 million at Riverside Park.
Hood Park offers perhaps the best chance to connect the riverfront and downtown areas. Changes would address the steep grade that limits pedestrian access, with two options for stairs to connect with Front Street.
Both stair plans call for relocation of the Commodore Perry monument, which it notes blocks the view of the river.
A building near the waterfront would step down with the grade, allowing for each section's roof to serve as a plaza for the subsequent section above it. Potential uses include restaurants, boat house and other community services.
The proposed plan also calls for an expanded public/private marina on the river, while narrowing of part of Front Street would allow for sidewalk cafe space at the top of the stairs to blend the two areas.
A restructuring of Orleans Park could include the waterworks building being converted into a welcome center with rest rooms, concessions and bicycle rentals for a proposed mountain bike trail nearby. Also planned are an improved boat launch and canoe livery, children's playground, arboretum and archery range, as well as a "high adventure area" including a high ropes course, zip line, climbing wall and rappel tower.
A sledding hill would be situated near Fort Meigs, and a "water trail" would allow those who rent boats or kayaks to access the fort, while the design for Riverfront Park includes a large lawn ellipse with a venue for outdoor performances.
The master plan was prepared by the Harley Ellis Devereaux design company, of Southfield, Mich.
Last Updated on Monday, 29 July 2013 09:44
 

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