Residents came up with a variety of ideas to develop Alum Creek Park during a Nov. 21 brainstorming session at Torat Emet Synagogue.

Residents came up with a variety of ideas to develop Alum Creek Park during a Nov. 21 brainstorming session at Torat Emet Synagogue.

Bexley's Recreation and Parks Department plans to make parkland out of the currently undeveloped site, which extends about three-quarters of a mile along Alum Creek from East Main Street to East Livingston Avenue.

Mayor Ben Kessler said the city received 336 responses to an online survey asking for residents' input on what amenities they would like see at the park. Respondents showed interest in a trail to walk and ride bicycles on, a place to walk dogs and a performance arts venue.

Participants at the Nov. 21 meeting generated ideas such as a preserve for birds that are native to the area, a community garden and an observation deck.

Grandon Avenue resident Sara O'Koone, the mother of a 7-year-old and a 10-year-old who is involved with several local Girl Scout troops, said she would like to see signs along the trail that would educate children about the area's natural resources.

O'Koone said she would like the signs to feature nature facts that could be "worked into the natural aspect of it, done in natural wood, recycleable materials, that will help the kids to learn."

Recreation Director Michael Price and a Bexley police officer also discussed safety issues. Price said increasing pedestrian activity in the area can serve as a natural deterrent to vandalism and petty crime.

"Just by having activity going on, it will help," he said.

Kessler said he and Price will take the residents' feedback from both the meeting and the online survey and draft a tentative plan for Alum Creek Park, with details to be discussed at a follow-up meeting to be scheduled in December.