New Albany News

City Council will spend $8K for park development plans


New Albany City Council on Aug. 5 voted 4-2 to spend $8,000 to develop plans for the city park at Main and High streets.

Glyde Marsh and Sloan Spalding opposed the measure.

Marsh said if the city has $8,000 to spend, it would be better served going to Metro Parks, which is developing the Rocky Fork Metro Park on more than 1,000 acres north of Walnut Street between Schott and Bevelhymer roads.

It could include a dog park, restrooms and a shelter house by fall, local officials have said.

Mayor Nancy Ferguson suggested the funding be allocated to MKSK of Columbus. She said she would like to see more done with the park so that events could be spread out in the city, instead of having the majority of city events at Market Square.

Jennifer Chrysler, the city's community-development director, said it is beneficial to connect parks throughout the city.

City Manager Joseph Stefanov said planners from MKSK several years ago completed rough sketches of ideas for the park at Main and High streets.

Council members requested to view the sketches at a future meeting.

In other business, City Council was expected to begin a series of planning sessions Aug. 12 with guest speaker Terry Foegler. Foegler was a senior planner in Dublin and worked as city manager. He now is Dublin's director of strategic initiatives and special projects.

He also worked with the Ohio State University and the city of Columbus on the South Campus Gateway development on High Street.

The meeting with Foegler is the first in a series of meetings with various planners. The meetings are scheduled the second or fourth Tuesdays of each month.