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Alum Creek Park

City pursues grant to fund project's first phase

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The Bexley Recreation and Parks Department has submitted a grant request to the Bexley Community Foundation to assist with the first phase of development of Alum Creek Park.

"We're evaluating our options for funding," Bexley Recreation Director Michael Price said during a March 6 meeting of the Alum Creek Corridor Committee. "There's not a hard date to break ground."

At two public meetings in November and January, residents provided input about the amenities they would like to see at the currently undeveloped site, which is about three-quarters of a mile along Alum Creek from East Main Street to East Livingston Avenue.

The grant, in an amount to be determined, would cover the installation of a multiuse path that would run from Main to Livingston and connect with existing paths, Price said. The grant would also cover the installation of circuit exercise equipment and replace about eight pieces of existing equipment at the recreation area at Commonwealth West in north Bexley.

"We're looking at (replacing the existing equipment) in conjunction with what we want to do" in Alum Creek Park, Price said.

MKSK, a Columbus landscape architecture and design firm, is putting the finishing touches on a comprehensive plan for the park based on residents' input, Price said.

The current draft of the plan calls for an athletic space near an existing community garden, a shelter house, a play area, a lookout area over the creek and signs to serve as gateways to the park. A permanent restroom also is under consideration, based on the amount of private funds that the city is able to raise.

For more information about the Alum Creek Park plan, visit bexley.org.

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