Northwest Piqua needs a park

To the Editor:

This letter is in reference to recent discussions regarding the future use of real estate that formerly supported Piqua’s schools, specifically, High Street School. The residents in the neighborhood surrounding High Street School were given the understanding that a grant from the state of Ohio that was used for demolition and replacement of our schools came with a requirement that the sites be turned into green space. Now there is discussion of sale of the land and private development on these lots.

The northwest section of Piqua has no park with a playground and picnic area. (Pitsenbarger Park is a sports complex.) Weekends find High Street School’s grounds populated with children and their parents enjoying the facility. The numerous children in the northwest would benefit from the creation of a park with both a playground and picnic area. Initial expense would be minimal, as playground equipment is already in place. Maintenance would be little more than the mowing that already takes place. Volunteers could be found to help provide picnic tables and a shelter.

My goal is to provide an asset for families in the area surrounding the school. I have no personal benefit (my family of playground age lives out of town) other than to support the children — the future — of Piqua.

— Margie Helmer