Pickerington Times-Sun

Park's Pickering barn is in need of repairs

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The city-owned white barn, a landmark that stands at the end of Hereford Drive in Pickerington's Sycamore Park, functions as an equipment storage facility and moonlights as a movie screen for the city's Friday Night Flicks summer movies series.

But it also stands as a symbol of the city's agrarian past as well, in that it was part of the Abraham Pickering homestead, Pickerington's founder and namesake.

City officials say it now needs an overhaul, including a new paint job, so it can continue to serve the community for years to come.

Pickerington Service Director Ed Drobina said he received a quote of $5,100 to paint the barn, with the lift rental extra.

He an additional quote to paint the metal pole building, located next to the barn, was $6,800.

Drobina suggested to the Pickerington Parks and Recreation Board on July 8 that significant repairs should be addressed first before any painting commences.

He said the barn's roof is rusted above the eaves so rain water doesn't actually hit the spout, which in turn has caused the wood around the bottom of the barn to rot as well.

City Parks and Recreation Director Rebecca Medinger said the barn's roof needs to be either repaired or replaced, new fascia boards and gutters and spouting have to be installed, and the rotted wood siding around the bottom of the barn will have to be repaired.

She said a recent quote the city received for $23,000 would cover the installation of a new metal roof, new white gutters, downspouts and the removal and replacement "of 600 square-feet of pine wood siding."

She said scaffolding rental and site clean-up were also included in the quote.

Medinger said the city has had the white barn in its possession going on 54 years.

"It was acquired in 1960. (It's) used for Parks and Recreation maintenance items, miscellaneous tools and equipment, special events and activities supplies and displays movies for Friday Night Flicks," she said.

Peggy Portier, historian for the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society, said the barn was on the Abraham Pickerington homestead, whose 40 acres was purchased by the city to eventually become Sycamore Park.

She said because it is an Ohio bicentennial barn also makes it unique. As part of the state's 2003 celebration, barns were painted with the logo in all of Ohio's 88 counties.

"We ended up with more than one bicentennial barn in Fairfield County," Portier said.

Medinger said decisions about how to go about the repairs and painting will be made during the upcoming budget season.

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