The Pataskala parks and recreation advisory board is learning that residents seem to want bicycle paths in town.

The Pataskala parks and recreation advisory board is learning that residents seem to want bicycle paths in town.

Board member Ann Walther shared with Pataskala City Council last week the results of citizen surveys.

"We've got 40 surveys back," she said after the Nov. 17 council meeting, and the desire for bike/walking paths was a common theme.

The request for bicycle paths ties in with the work of the city's ad hoc committee on neighborhood revitalization, a committee seeking ways to improve and connect three of the city's older neighborhoods.

Walther said now is the time for people to respond to the parks survey, which is posted on the city's Web site: www.ci.pataskala.oh.us. The deadline for survey submissions is Nov. 30.

Walther said people who don't want to complete the survey submit their comments instead.

"They can just send it in their e-mails so they don't have to fill out a form," she said.

The parks and recreation advisory board is continuing its search to find other ways to fund the city's parks and recreation department. Council voted in October to cut the department's funding if the Nov. 4 income-tax issue were to fail. The issue was defeated soundly.

During the Nov. 17 council meeting, parks board members asked council for time to find alternative funding sources.

"We are working very hard to see if we can come up with some kind of a positive solution," advisory board chairperson Jeni Ashbrook said.

Ashbrook and Walther said the group is determining how much money the parks department needs to be sustained. Members are investigating fee increases for programs, instituting a nonresident fee, asking for corporate sponsorships, seeking grants and soliciting volunteer help.

Pataskala City Council member Brian Raybourne asked if council could move forward with cuts and then accept funding solutions later when the advisory board has recommendations.

City administrator Timothy Boland said council did not have to take action Monday, adding that council did not vote to stop the parks department from being cut in 2009.

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