The Grove City Parks and Recreation Division will hold a public meeting to discuss preliminary conceptual plans for a new park tentatively named the "Demorest Road Community Park."

The Grove City Parks and Recreation Division will hold a public meeting to discuss preliminary conceptual plans for a new park tentatively named the "Demorest Road Community Park."

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 in City Hall, 4035 Broadway.

In addition to a presentation of the current conceptual plan, the meeting will feature a Q-and-A session with the audience.

The city's website, grovecityohio.org, soon will have a feedback form for residents to weigh in on considered options for the park, and it will remain posted for a few weeks, said Parks and Recreation Director Kim Conrad.

"We want to hear what the public thinks," Conrad said. "We want to see if there's anything out there we haven't considered."

The city has owned the property -- 22 acres located west of Demorest Road, south of Marsol Avenue and north of Anglebrook Drive -- for about seven years, Conrad said.

The city has been dealing with issues related to water retention and soil grade, but Conrad said those issues have been resolved.

The current conceptual plan, available on the city's website, calls for multi-use trails, community gardens, a children's play area and picnic shelters as well as entrance and parking-lot elements. A pond and much of the existing tree coverage on the tract would be retained, and the plan would also incorporate an off-leash dog area and fishing piers.

"Basically, we were looking to keep (the site) as open as possible while incorporating elements not available at other parks," Conrad said. "This is only a concept. It's not set in stone."

Conrad said the new parkland would include some features not available at other city parks such as the off-leash dog area, provide a "community-sized" park -- defined as 10 or more acres -- for the west side of town and promote connectivity.

"There are a lot of different ideas we're toying with," she said. "We want this park to be connected to the downtown area."

Conrad said a final plan is expected to be formalized and presented to the city by the end of the year. A construction timeline is dependent on city approval and commitment of funds.

The cost is currently estimated between $800,000 and $900,000.

"That's obviously subject to change," Conrad said.