Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler said he is excited about the three major grants the city recently landed from the Bexley Community Foundation.
"We are very excited about the three grants given to the city of Bexley from the Bexley Community Foundation's 2012 large grant cycle," Kessler said. "All of these represent projects that we've really wanted to move forward with, but that aren't possible within the city's budget."
On Sept. 27, the Bexley Community Foundation announced its 2012 large grant awardees. The city of Bexley received funding for three grant applications: $7,000 for the "Movies on Main" summer outdoor movie series for 2013; $30,000 for brick walkways to safely connect the Parkview sidewalk to the entrance to Jeffrey Mansion; and $12,500 to create an Alum Creek Park Plan to connect parkland between Main Street and Livingston Avenue along the creek.
Jeffrey Mansion entry walkway project
Kessler said the Jeffrey Mansion walkways have been proposed for many years, most recently by the Jeffrey Mansion Commission.
"For years, we've all walked down the driveway toward the mansion," Kessler said. "These walkways will provide a safe and attractive pedestrian access to the mansion."
"This project will involve the installation of two brick walkways, flanking the north and south sides of the Jeffrey Mansion drive, from the Parkview sidewalk to the mansion entrance," Kessler said. "In addition to this installation, the Bexley Community Foundation funded $8,000 worth of landscaping to further enhance the entryway."
Alum Creek Park Plan
Kessler described the Alum Creek park plan is "a natural next step" for the development of the Alum Creek Park between Main Street and Livingston Avenue.
"The city has been actively pursuing the development of a continuous park between Main Street and Livingston Avenue along the eastern bank of Alum Creek," Kessler said. "The Community Foundation's grant will help fund a park plan. The park plan will take the basic concept of a continuous park and help flesh out details regarding trail placement, infrastructure design, and opportunities for special park features along the length of the park. The Alum Creek Corridor Committee has interviewed several planners and selected MKSK as the preferred partner for the Alum Creek Park Plan."
Movies on Main
"The Movies on Main grant will fund a series of family-oriented outdoor movie nights on Capital University's lawn, fronting onto Main Street," Kessler said. "Movies will be projected onto a jumbo high-definition outdoor screen with state-of-the-art digital sound. Concessions will be provided by our partner, the Drexel Theatre."
"Movies on Main will be an outdoor summer movie series in 2013," Kessler said "We're partnering with Capital University and the Drexel Theatre to bring this free, family-oriented outdoor movie series to Main Street. This grant funds the cost of renting first-class equipment to show movies on Capital's Main Street lawn. Next summer families will be able to walk to Main Street, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy a great movie under the stars, projected onto a huge outdoor movie screen in high-definition. This grant is allowing us to further bring energy and activity to Bexley's constantly evolving Main Street corridor."
Kessler said the city could not undertake these projects without the grant funds.
"We are ever grateful for the support of the Bexley Community Foundation, whose grant programs are allowing us to think big and tackle some exciting projects," Kessler said.