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Playground moving

Grants sought for Wyman Woods as plans take shape

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The city of Grandview Heights will submit an application for a $70,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund grant to help cover the cost of some of the improvements planned for Wyman Woods Park.

The application deadline is May 1. Members of the city's parks advisory board met last Thursday, April 18, to discuss potential elements that could be included in the new accessible playground that will be installed at the park as part of the improvement project.

The grant money would be earmarked specifically for the playground, improvements to the shelter house and the creation of a turnaround on the western end of the parking lot, Director of Parks and Recreation Sean Robey said.

The city will apply for the maximum grant amount of $70,000, he said.

Grant announcements will be made in the fall, and the city would like to get at least a portion of the Wyman Woods project started in the fall, Robey said.

The preliminary plan is to move the park playground from "out in the middle of nowhere" to closer to the shelter house, he said. The move would make it easier for parents to keep an eye on their children while they remain in or near the shelter house.

Most residents he has talked to like the idea of moving the playground closer to the shelter house, Robey said.

Another goal is to add accessible elements to the playground so youngsters with disabilities can use it, he said.

Robey said he would like to see ground-based components installed that can be used by people in wheelchairs.

"We want everybody to feel welcome," he said.

In general, park board members expressed a desire that traditional swings be included at the playground and that a decorative fence not be included in the design.

Only a preliminary sense of what the city is planning is needed for its grant application, said Jim Dziatkowicz, a landscape architect with EMH&T who is working with the city on the Wyman Woods project.

After the application is submitted, more-specific decisions can be made about the details of the playground design, Dziatkowicz said.

The improvements to the shelter house will include accessible restrooms, a "modest" kitchen area and installation of a heating system to allow the structure to be used year-round, Robey said. The shelter house design will incorporate some of the elements planned for the new multiuse building to be constructed later this spring at Pierce Field.

The Wyman Woods project also will include improvements to the field area to increase space for soccer and youth football games and to alleviate the flooding that occurs at the park, he said.

An underground storm-management chamber will be installed to address the problem.

The underground system was preferred to above-ground solutions to avoid obstructions to visitors using the park, Dziatkowicz said.

A loop perimeter pathway also is planned for Wyman Woods, Robey said.

Robey also updated the parks board about the Pierce Field improvement project.

Eighteen contractors attended a pre-bid meeting earlier this month and bids are due by May 3, he said. Bids will be opened at 1:30 p.m. that day in council chambers at the Municipal Building.

"We hope construction can start as soon as possible after that," Robey said.

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