Powell officials hope several improvements to city green spaces ease the wait for the opening of the city's next park.
Visitors to Powell's Adventure, Arbor Ridge and Library parks might have noticed caution tape, tools and wet paint in the past few weeks.
City spokeswoman Megan Canavan said Powell plans to spend about $213,000 this year throughout its parks system. The money will go toward such projects as repairing basketball courts at Adventure Park and tennis courts at Arbor Ridge Park and installing a pickleball surface at Library Park.
Pickleball, a sport that incorporates aspects of badminton, pingpong and tennis, is growing increasingly popular, especially among senior citizens. Columbus, Delaware and Dublin are among the cities that have set aside park space for the sport in recent years.
"We're getting our first pickleball court in the city of Powell after getting a lot of requests," Canavan said.
The city also is putting $513,000 toward projects to extend and reseal its bike-path network.
Canavan said this year marks the first time the city has gone forward with a comprehensive bike-path repair program. She said the program is not guaranteed to continue in the future because it is not tied to a permanent revenue source.
"If funding permits, the engineering department will be able to do this," she said.
The city is funding the bike-path and park projects with revenue from a 1.8-mill permanent-improvements levy approved by voters in 2012. The levy is expected to generate about $7 million over its 10-year term.
Two major projects -- the extension of Murphy Parkway to Liberty Street and the first phase of construction of the Park at Seldom Seen -- will account for the majority of spending from the levy. The city also has used levy funding for the design and installation of two new traffic signals.
Although the $2 million extension of Murphy Parkway opened last September, construction has not begun on the city's next park.
According to a timeline prepared by design firm Meyers and Associates, earthwork at the Park at Seldom Seen could begin this summer. The city plans to build out the 23-acre site northeast of the intersection of Seldom Seen Road at Moreland Street in several phases.
The park's estimated $9 million price tag led city officials to seek out the phased approach.
The city plans to begin work on the first three phases, which include athletics fields, a concession and restroom building and parking, this year.
Chris Meyers, owner of Meyers and Associates, told Powell City Council in May the site's athletics fields need at least two seasons of growth before opening to residents in mid-2018 or later.