The city purchased the 16 and a half acre site for $350,000 last winter. Mayor Bryan Jensen reported that the park, which features a four-acre pond, will receive some $500,000 in upgrades in the coming months. They will include playground equipment, restrooms, and even a dog park down the road.
The park, which has yet to be named, is next to Veteran’s Park. The pond has been stocked in collaboration with the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, with bass, bluegill and catfish. It will be the new home to the annual Lions Club fishing derby.
A gift of $3000 from Cabela’s supports the purchase. Grants of $100,000 and $43,000 from ODNR will support the construction of a fishing pier and a pavilion.
The park will maintain a separate identity from Veterans Park as a passive destination for families. Paths will connect the two parks and be used by school cross country teams.