Orange Township's new park at the southwest corner of Orange and South Old State roads is nearing completion.

Orange Township's new park at the southwest corner of Orange and South Old State roads is nearing completion.

The construction of the park began in October 2007 and is expected to be finished before September as planned, Trustee Nelson Katz said.

The park cost $45,000 to design and $665,000 to construct and was paid for with revenue generated from the township's park levy, Katz said.

The cost of the park has not increased from the original bid estimates, he said, but construction has been slowed by weather-related delays.

The park "represents a second, major attraction point in Orange Township," including North Orange Park, Katz said.

"It will serve as a central hub to our trail system, eventually connecting portions of our north-south trail with our east-west trail," he said. "With its outlook, fishing pier and bridges, it makes for a very scenic destination, centrally located in our township."

The park includes almost a mile of bike and nature trails. It sits on 6.5 acres donated by the Villages of Oak Creek Homeowners' Association.

The centerpiece of the park is a pond around which the town-ship has constructed trails, a fishing pier and three steel-beam and treated-wood pedestrian bridges.

The construction cost included scraping and reconstructing the land, planting 576 trees and plants, installing more than 1,000 feet of split-rail fencing and a stone wall, and applying 16,500 square yards of seeding and mulching.

Local historian and resident Luella Yarnell, addressed the trustees this month and suggested the park be named after Harold Phinney, whose ancestors date to 1875 in Orange Township.

He was a 1925 graduate of the local schools of the time and as an adult helped create the Olentangy Local School District in 1947, consolidating schools in Berlin and Orange townships and Powell, she said.

"I would like to see his name as a part of the park," Yarnell said. "He was one of those who supported the township, schools and churches -- whatever -- he was there to support it."

Katz said the park board was also considering Kenyon, which Yarnell said is another family name that dates back many years in the township.

Trustee chair John Cassady said the park board would discuss naming the park.

Park manager Bob Barbosky suggested the park board discuss a procedure for naming future parks.

The township will schedule a dedication ceremony for the park later.