The Upper Arlington Department of Parks and Recreation appears to be on track for construction and improvements at the 14-acre Sunny 95/Langston Park on Carriage Hill Lane.

The Upper Arlington Department of Parks and Recreation appears to be on track for construction and improvements at the 14-acre Sunny 95/Langston Park on Carriage Hill Lane.

At its Monday night meeting, the city's Board of Zoning and Planning approved a request by the department for the construction of a new shelter house, a 66-space parking lot, performance area, playground, tennis courts, sledding hill, and other improvements for the park.

During the meeting, some residents who live near the site expressed concern about potential problems that could result from the construction such as parking, noise and breach of security by trespassers on the property.

Other residents and parents said they were also worried about a proposed pond that, they argued, would be a danger to school children playing in the area. The plan's supporters countered that the pond would be an educational asset to the park.

Tim Moloney, the director of Parks and Recreation, told the board that the department's staff has considered safety concerns and potential solutions.

"Pond safety will be paramount," he said. "We're doing everything we possibly can to minimize the risk."

Paul Craft, the business manager for Upper Arlington schools, spoke in favor of the plan. He told the board that retention ponds have become more common on school grounds and the city's students will be supervised during school hours.

Despite some reservations voiced by residents who worried that the project would not conform to the city's code and might affect future development, the board also approved a request by Michael Matrka for the construction of a new residential development consisting of four single-family dwellings at 2155 and 2175 Lane Road. Each residence will be 2,700 square feet and include a three-car garage.

The board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 to discuss redevelopment plans for the Kingsdale Shopping Center.