Parks open house slated for June 30

By Gary Budzak

June 13, 2014

By Gary Budzak

The City of Delaware’s park projects will be the topic of an open house held from 6 to 8 p.m. June 30 at the Delaware Community Center YMCA, 1121 S. Houk Road.

“The idea is to give the public an update on the recreation levy and where we are with projects,” Delaware City Manager Tom Homan said at a recent City Council meeting.

The open house will feature a PowerPoint presentation and an opportunity to ask questions of City Council regarding the parks.

Mayor Carolyn Riggle said residents can learn about “improvements at each park, what we’ve spent at each park, what we’re going to do with the park, and where their levy money went.”

Homan also said residents will be able to see the latest plans for the Veterans Park. The city is considering over $1 million in improvements, including adding facilities and a splash pad to the currently empty fields.

“We’ve made really good progress” on park improvements, said Public Service Group Director Dan Whited. “(Parks Superintendent) Stacy Davenport’s crew has made significant improvement at Mingo, Smith, East Side Park and several other facilities. There’s been a lot of stuff put in the ground, a lot of progress there as well as significant planning for the future.”

However, Whited said there also is significant work yet to be done. Among the items is determining the possible location of a city dog park. There is $75,000 in funding allocated for the park, but it is believed the fence needed to surround the perimeter would exceed that amount.

The city’s 2013 budget states that “voters approved a 0.15 percent income tax in 2008 to construct a new recreation center (the Y) and to make other park improvements. After the improvements are completed, this fund will be used to pay the debt issued to make the improvements.”

Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.