Genoa Township is considering an agreement with the Central Ohio Soccer Association (COSA) to improve 26 acres of parkland on Sheffield Park Drive, near Jaycox Road.

Genoa Township is considering an agreement with the Central Ohio Soccer Association (COSA) to improve 26 acres of parkland on Sheffield Park Drive, near Jaycox Road.

Donated to the township by Virginia Homes in 2009, the land needs extensive grading work, parks manager Ron Keil said.

COSA president Bob Tener told trustees May 19 the association would like to improve the property by constructing about six fields for sports such as soccer and lacrosse.

"Over the past year and a half we've been discussing opportunities to partner with the township on a way to develop this parkland and use it for athletic fields," Tener said.

Trustees affirmed their interest, saying they had concerns about parking, traffic and landscape buffering for nearby residences in Sheffield Park.

Tener said COSA would need to "secure a 25-year lease" on the property.

The agreement, which is still developing, would include the township seasonally receiving $5 from each player's fees.

That money would go to the township's park improvement fund.

COSA also suggests the site have a trail, utilities, a parking lot and driveway, and a building with a concession area and small meeting hall.

Keil said the partnership would be a win-win for the township, which doesn't want to run a sports program because it is costly to do so.

The park also has a large hill that would be used for sledding in winter, Keil said.

Trustees would have to approve various steps in the process, which they said must include sessions for the public to weigh in on the idea.

In other park news, the township is rethinking some of the planned improvements for McNamara Park.

The lowest bid for the project was Trucco Company coming in at $1.45 million. The township only appropriated about $950,000 for park improvements.

Administrator Paul Wise said the township is working with Trucco and the prosecutor's office to see if Genoa can perform some of the improvements in-house to lower the costs.

The improvements for the 30-acre park include developing wetland rain gardens, adding 1.5 miles of trail improvements that will encircle the park and connect to Genoa Township Community Hall, and installing tennis courts.

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