Marysville West is composed of a wide variety of land uses, including institutional, single- and multi-family residential, retail space, office and industrial uses, government facilities and parks.

Marysville West is composed of a wide variety of land uses, including institutional, single- and multi-family residential, retail space, office and industrial uses, government facilities and parks.

The sub area is defined as the western boundary of Marysville, north of sub area seven, and benefits from several major transportation routes for the region, according to the comprehensive plan, such as U.S. Route 33 and state Routes 4 and 245. While most of the sub area is located south of U.S. 33 and Route 4, a small portion of Marysville West can be found north of those routes, north of Northwest Parkway.

Residents may recognize Marysville West as the home of the Ohio Women's Reformatory, Oakdale Cemetery, Edgewood Elementary School and the Shepherd's Landing and Green Pastures subdivisions.

A wide variety of recreational uses can be found in Marysville West as well, including the Heart of Ohio Fish and Game Association (HOFGA) reservoir, the MacIvor Woods nature preserve, Aldersgate Park, Trinity Park, the American Legion Memorial Park and Lewis Memorial Park. Private camping and fishing areas can also be found in the HOFGA area.

As with other sub areas created in the plan, residents have voiced the need for more bike paths and sidewalks in Marysville West.

"Bike paths and sidewalks should be incorporated into future developments to encourage pedestrian activity and connectivity between existing parks, residential neighborhoods and commercial areas," the plan states.

Marysville West also provides several opportunities for future projects, according to the plan.

"This sub area provides the opportunity for new post-secondary educational facilities, a conference center and corporate offices through convenient highway access," the plan states. "Because this is a highly visible gateway into Marysville, the entrance onto the West Fifth Street corridor should be improved to serve as an attractive and welcoming gateway area."

As the city begins to incorporate its Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which was adopted at the same time as its Comprehensive Plan, Marys-ville West will play a key part in the former, due to its large amount of available green space.

As the summer approaches, follow ThisWeek Marysville for an in-depth analysis of the city's parks and recreation master plan.

lrice@thisweeknews.com

ThisWeek Marysville is continuing to take a closer look at each of the eight sub areas identified in the city's comprehensive land-use plan and what gives them their own distinct identity. The comprehensive plan is designed for long-term planning and to facilitate discussion on land use within Marysville. This week wraps up that coverage with the final sub area identified, Marysville West.