My topic this week is an update on Lions Park. A purchase order has been submitted for the basketball court equipment. The equipment is expected to arrive in four weeks. Plans were to have removable poles but the city has decided against that plan and they are installing stationary poles instead.
The rock climbing equipment will not happen until 2013. From what I understand, the rock climbing equipment is very expensive.
I checked the splash pad and noticed the geese had left their calling card. Hopefully, the city has a solution to this problem before the kids start to visit the area. I have never seen the geese at Lions Park before and I am concerned about keeping the splash pad area clean.
There has been a little surprise concerning the splash pad. I thought that the splash pad was going to be like Huron Park’s splash pad but that is not so. Instead, there will be no equipment only sprayers spraying water up out of the cement pad. The city told me that the pad was never originally set up to have the equipment like Huron Park had installed.
Let’s hope all the improved facilities will be open to the public yet this year and the city doesn’t drag out the punch list and final payment to the contractor. With the city, things can change on a dime when you don’t think things will happen and then they start moving once again. We will have to wait and see what actually happens.
The front bushes are being cleared out so visitors can get a clear view of the kids in the park making for less maintenance and the chunks of cement have been cleared from the parking lot.
A stone driveway has been installed right through the middle of the park to provide an exit out of the splash pad area because the design did not provide for a turnaround. I hope the driveway positioning does not pose a safety issue.
Last time I was down at Lions Park, the shoreline was filled with lots of dead fish rotting away. Since then, the beach has been cleaned up. Thank you to the person who cleaned up the beach area.
From what I understand, the Lions Park design was scaled down due to the budget constraints. Items like less landscaping, taking out the restroom shelter, different stone selection on the restrooms walls, and leaving out the concession stand have been altered for now. If you haven’t been out to Lions Park lately, I have included pictures of the park in my blog.
Until next time, thanks for checking out my blog.
Sharon Johnson is a born and bred Sandusky resident who's outspoken about community issues. Her blog, chronicling her efforts to keep tabs on city projects, is posted here Tuesdays at 11 a.m.