Hanby Park will have a new shelter meant to serve as a hub for bikers on the Ohio-Erie Trail.

Hanby Park will have a new shelter meant to serve as a hub for bikers on the Ohio-Erie Trail.

Westerville City Council approved a $195,000 bid from Palmetto Construction Services Feb. 21 for the construction of the 720-square-foot shelter in Hanby Park, 115 E. Park St.

Dubbed the Hanby Train Depot, the shelter will be constructed to resemble a train station in recognition of Westerville's early days, when a railroad traveled through the middle of town.

The shelter will include two restrooms, a picnic area and an information kiosk to provide information about Westerville. The hope, city officials have said, is that the shelter will provide a place for travelers along the Ohio-Erie Trail to stop and then draw them into Uptown for shopping or dining.

To fund the shelter, the city has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the JP Morgan Chase Foundation through the 200Columbus Neighborhood Grant program. The Westerville Parks Foundation has pledged $50,000 and the Westerville Fund has pledged $25,000.

The Westerville Department of Parks and Recreation, the Westerville Parks Foundation and the Westerville Sertoma Club also have partnered to sell bricks for the project. Bricks are being sold for $50 or $250. The bricks sold will be engraved with the names of businesses or families and the year the families or businesses settled in Westerville.

Information about the brick sales is available through the parks and recreation department at the Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.