Covington discusses parks master plan

By Sam Wildow -

COVINGTON — The Covington Council went over the parks master plan with the public during their meeting on Monday evening, discussing conceptual plans for improvements to the park and the old middle school site.

The council approved contracting with Poggemeyer Design Group to complete this master plan at a cost of approximately $12,000 in May.

Lee Rausch, senior project manager with Poggemeyer, discussed concepts and cost estimates included in this master plan. The ideas suggested in the master plan are also part of a proposed five-year plan.

For the former school site, the parks master plan proposed an estimated total of $1,627,054 improvements. The Covington Board of Education still owns the old school site, with the exception of the basketball court, but the parks master plan included additional improvements should the school board decide to donate the property to the village. The suggested improvements included:

• School park basketball court improvements, $129,420

• Park restroom/concession/picnic building, $791,120

• Park stage, $274,340

• Sidewalks and other walking paths, $88,024

• A parking facility, $115,882

• Landscaping, $39,747

• Decorative fence, $112,505

• Parking lighting, $205,436

For the community park, the parks master plan proposed an estimated total of $714,541 improvements. The suggested improvements include:

• Removing large shelter house building, $22,458

• Removing small shelter house building, $12,913

• A new picnic pavilion, $390,775

• A splash pad, $208,690

• Sidewalks and other walking paths, $65,363

• A concrete pad or viewing area, $14,342

“This is certainly a dynamic and alive plan,” Paulette Mills, client relations representative with Poggemeyer, said.

A village resident suggested having a splash pad installed at the old school site instead of the community park. Village Administrator Mike Busse said that the village has not ruled anything out and is open to having a splash pad there if that is what the community wants. Busse added that they are also open to installing a playset at that site.

“This is the first time that council has seen this plan,” Mayor Ed McCord said.

The village is currently applying for grant funding for the basketball courts. Suggested improvements to the basketball courts include resurfacing the courts; adding new goals; surface repairs; removing the asphalt curb; removing and replacing the sidewalk; adding a perimeter sidewalk; adding benches; and removing and rebuilding an 8-foot chain-link fence.

Busse said that the village will start on the design on the improvements for the basketball courts at the beginning of next year.

McCord said that the village is going to work on improvements to the basketball court first, but the village is open to which improvements they should pursue following the basketball courts.

“The community needs to decide what they want to do next,” McCord said.

For more information or to learn how to become involved in the parks master plan, the village can be contacted at (937) 473-3420.

In other news:

The council also approved waiving the three-reading rule and approving a request to replat eight inlots into one building lot in the area of East Broadway and Richardson Street.

The council then approved the expenditure of $6,800 to O.R. Colan Associates, LLC for real estate appraisal services for right-of-way acquisitions for the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) High Street project properties. Busse said that these services are a requirement of ODOT and are necessary to keeping the project design moving forward.

McCord went over upcoming events in the village during his report. Those include:

• Candlelight Christmas will be back on two weekends, including Nov. 9-10 and Nov. 16-17.

• The government center will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day, and on Nov. 22 and Nov. 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Trash pickup will remain on the regular schedule.

• There will be a free community Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 17 from 4-7 p.m.

By Sam Wildow

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