The Westland Area Commission (WAC) is encouraging residents to get involved in the development of a community park.

The Westland Area Commission (WAC) is encouraging residents to get involved in the development of a community park.

"I'd love to see some young people come to this and get involved," commission chair Linda Pitts said. "It's their park."

A meeting on the subject is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the Westland Area Library, 4740 W. Broad St. Maureen Lorenz from the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department will be present to discuss design options and hear input.

"It is my understanding that one of the park designers will be there," Pitts said. "We should be able to give them some good ideas."

The parkland set for development is located at the corner of Alton Darby Creek Road and West Broad Street. At its January meeting, the commission members agreed they wanted to get a little more aggressive in their stance on acquiring a recreation facility for the area.

A few years ago, Columbus voters supported a bond issue that was to fund the regional recreation center concept around the city. The West Broad Street location was considered ideal for such a facility to be built.

With the downturn in the economy, however, all the planned recreation centers were put on hold.

Last fall, a representative of Columbus Recreation and Parks promised the commission that it would at least get soccer fields built on the land where the proposed Westland area rec center is to be built.

Commission members hope this week's meeting will resolve the park issue and that something will get done at that location.

"We are trying to get a good response to this," Pitts said. "We have been trying hard to get the word out."

The event is sponsored by the Westland Area Commission and the Friends of Westland Parks.

For additional information, contact Linda Pitts at 878-1201 ext. 119 or WAClpitts@aol.com or contact Shawn Thomas at 853-1661 or nighthawks50@yahoo.com.

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