The Westerville Planning Commission gave unanimous approval Feb. 25 to a final development plan for a new park to be built in town.

The Westerville Planning Commission gave unanimous approval Feb. 25 to a final development plan for a new park to be built in town.

The proposed Millstone Creek Park will be constructed on 15.27 acres at 745 N. Spring Road.

According to parks development coordinator Michael Hooper, features to be included in Millstone Creek Park include a basketball half-court, multiuse sports fields, bikeways, a playground area, open and wooded spaces and a 1,231-square-foot brick shelter identical to the shelter at Spring Grove North Park, housing restroom facilities.

Hooper told the planning commission that neighbors of the future park have been accepting of the proposal.

"We had a public meeting last Thursday and everyone was supportive," he said. "Their only concern was suggesting a vegetative barrier along the south property line to keep soccer balls from going down the hill, so we will do that. We're also defining our playground and hoping to design facilities for those with disabilities as well as the average resident."

Hooper said there will be additional town meetings to discuss more details of the project with residents. Features to accommodate those with disabilities will include rubberized surfaces, colored barriers for the visually impaired, regularly spaced rest stations and possibly, wheelchair-accessible swings.

A graphical representation of the park can be viewed online at www.westerville.org. For more details, read the March 5 of ThisWeek Westerville.