|SRO at Perrysburg city parks plan review|
|Written by ALEX ASPACHER/Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Tuesday, 30 July 2013 20:58|
PERRYSBURG — Flooding council chambers Tuesday, a standing room only crowd of residents was given a detailed review of a $26 million master plan for the city parks by those who created it.
The project, designed by Harley Ellis Devereaux of Southfield, Mich., is intended to serve as a long-term guide of how to best upgrade Hood, Riverside and Orleans parks in a way that blends them with the downtown and Fort Meigs areas.
Tuesday's meeting was informational rather than a debate on the merits or funding for the project. Some residents asked questions during a 15-minute segment, while many more submitted them on blue slips of paper.
Planning and Zoning Administrator Brody Walters said all questions would be addressed as soon as possible, with responses to be posted on the city's website, http://www.ci.perrysburg.oh.us.
The park proposal, which has roots dating back to 2005 when the city's comprehensive plan was developed, cost about $50,000, said Mayor Nelson Evans.
It can be considered piece-by-piece and has elements intended to target many specific grant sources for funding, said Mark Hieber, of Harley Ellis Devereaux.
Walters said the plan is "conceptual," and actually incorporating what it suggests would require further engineering.
The project includes total renovations of $10.8 million at Orleans Park, $12 million at Hood Park and $3.1 million at Riverside Park. Recreation features abound, such as multi-purpose trails, ice rinks, riverfront access, expanded public/private marina, and even a "high adventure area" at Orleans Park with a zip-line and high ropes course.
Residents expressed concern about the price tag and questioned the presence of demand from the public for such a park system. One suggested studying how similar projects have been completed in comparable communities.
Council members attended the meeting but did not weigh in Tuesday.
The matter will likely be considered next at a Recreation Committee meeting at 5 p.m. Aug. 19, with council discussing how to proceed with the plan Aug. 20, said Joe Lawless, council president and chair of the committee.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 21:01|
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