Orange Township will hold two public presentations to discuss updates to the parks system at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1 and 8, at the township hall, 1680 E. Orange Road, Lewis Center.

Orange Township will hold two public presentations to discuss updates to the parks system at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1 and 8, at the township hall, 1680 E. Orange Road, Lewis Center.

"There will be a PowerPoint presentation that will give residents an update of where parks have been since the update of the parks' master plan in 2008, what we're doing and what's in the budget planned for 2010," said maintenance and parks director Beth Hugh.

"There is a lot going on in the parks department and we'd like to invite (residents) to park board meetings and to get their input on how we're doing," she said.

Last fall, the township completed the Owenfield Trail from Hidden Ravines to Powell Road along Owenfield Drive, Hugh said.

The township also extended the "Gooding Trail from North Orange Park to as far north as Gooding Boulevard goes," she said. That trail will connect to the new Delaware County District Library being built at 7171 Gooding Blvd. The trail eventually will go as far as Home Road, Hugh said.

"We also completed the pool addition, and we started construction on phase one of the Glen Oak Park -- earthwork, grading and some utilities," she said. "Phase two will include internal trails, a restroom facility, a gazebo, a shelter and a multi-use playing field."

Phase two is planned for this year.

The township will seek grants for the playground and the Lewis Central Trail connection along the railroad track; both are part of Glen Oak Park phase two, Hugh said.

Neither event will include discussions about the Orange Township parks levy renewal on the Tuesday, May 4 ballot.

Voters will decide a three-year, 1.5-mill parks renewal levy on the May 4 ballot. Township officials said the renewal levy would raise about $1.62-million a year and cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $46 annually. Passage of the renewal levy would not increase taxes, trustees have said.

For information , contact Hugh at bhugh@orangetwp. org or parks and rec liaison trustee Rob Quigley at rquigley@orangetwp.org.