Officials float new plan for Water Works Park

PORT CLINTON Port Clinton city administrators are mulling over a new site plan for Water Works Park
Sarah Weber
May 24, 2010



Port Clinton city administrators are mulling over a new site plan for Water Works Park that aims to attract people to the water’s edge year-round.

Mayor Debbie Hymore-Tester said she hopes the new site plan and a fresh batch of developer requests will jump-start movement on the project, which stalled in the bad economy.

The plan, created by Kinzelman Kline Gossman of Columbus and New York City-based development consultant John Alschuler, will be sent to potential site developers with a request for proposals.

It shows roads and walking paths through the property, including an extension of Adams and Washington streets to the shoreline. An additional road could be placed along the shoreline from Washington Street to Jefferson Street.


View the plan HERE.

Foot traffic would be directed to and from downtown along a promenade abutting the Portage River.

The site plan leaves potential development open, but suggests a variety of establishments.

According to the plan, “Development types that typically possess a larger footprint, such as a hotel with conference center or indoor water park are acceptable and invited, but should adhere to the guidelines outlined in this document.”

City residents and council members expressed concern this spring when a conceptual design for the Main Street improvement project included a grid-type street pattern at the park site.

They wondered how a large conference center/water park project could fit into the layout.  

Hymore-Tester said she believed a convention center/water park would still work at the site.

“Even with the hotel/convention center/water park/retail it still has to have pedestrian walkways and traffic to get you around the property,” Hymore-Tester said.

She said the mixed-use development would include different types of businesses, including restaurants, boutiques, a marina and public seating areas.

The consultants left the options for development open to allow potential developers to come to the city with their own ideas.

“This is not written in stone; they are, again, conceptual, but they are guiding principals to what we are going to see there,” Hymore-Tester said.