Pickerington Times-Sun

City seeks grants to improve pool, connect trails and paths

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Pickerington City Council voted 7-0 Aug. 5 to approve a resolution that will allow Pickerington City Manager Bill Vance to apply for state funding to improve the city's swimming pool.

The resolution authorizes Vance to apply for Ohio Department of Natural Resources "NatureWorks" Program funds to replace the facility's baby pool with a splash pad.

Pickerington Parks and Recreation Director Rebecca Medinger said the deadline to apply for the grant is Sept. 1.

Pickerington Community Pool's "kiddie pool" does not meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

Removing the kiddie pool and replacing it with a splash pad is the route the city wants to take to rectify the non-compliance and make the pool more attractive for patrons.

"A splash pad is a 'zero-depth' play area," Medinger.

"It has some water features that spray out of the ground and would be for all ages," she said.

The expected cost of the overhaul is $200,000. The ODNR grant for which the city is applying for would cover $45,000 of that cost.

The remainder would be covered by impact fees generated from new development.

In a related matter Aug. 5, Pickerington City Council voted 7-0 to table a first reading of an ordinance authorizing Vance to enter into a continuing professional services contract with Carpenter Marty Transportation.

The proposed contract pertains to design and construction engineering services for the future Victory Park/Sycamore Park Shared Use Path that has completed the first phase of the design process.

The path would serve to connect the multi-use trails in both parks by constructing a connector under the bridge on Lockville Road.

The city has budgeted $250,000 for the design work this year.

The first phase of construction for the project would be connecting the parks from under the Lockville Road bridge.

Subsequent phases would connect existing paths in Sycamore Park and include a loop trail around the Sycamore Park Pond.

Pickerington has applied for ODNR Recreational Trails Fund and CleanOhio Trails Fund grants which could provide an 80-percent match,

The city specifically applied for $315,000 in the grant. The estimated cost of the entire project is $515,000.

Medinger said the grant award notification has now been pushed back two months.

"We were supposed to hear back in August whether we received the grant, that has been pushed back to October," she said.

"(ODNR) said they were very busy and needed more time to review (the grant)," she said.

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