The cities of Canal Winchester and Groveport in 2018 will look at ways to enhance recreational opportunities for their residents.
Canal Winchester's volunteer parks committee has been gathering input from residents, including via an online survey, as the city looks to develop nearly 90 acres on Lithopolis-Winchester Road and make other improvements to its parks system.
The city purchased the land last year from Kathleen McGill for more than $775,000 to develop into a multipurpose park with recreational fields, playgrounds and courts. It also received a $500,000 donation from the Wood Family Foundation to assist in developing parks, according to Mayor Mike Ebert's November 2017 newsletter.
"We're going to have a public meeting the first of February and present all the ideas that were collected from the public and the committee and what the results were," Ebert said. "We're going to have long-term, short-term and medium-term items. So if it's a really expensive item, it's going to be a long-term item."
Groveport leaders expect to select two parks projects to complete in 2018. Those under consideration, according to City Administrator Marsha Hall, include funding for a bike-path extension from the Bixford Green development to the path adjoining Metro Parks property.
"We will either submit a grant request or complete the project with local funds," she said.
The other option is to add two tennis courts to Degenhart Park, bringing the total to five courts, which have lighting for night play.
The cost estimates are $207,400 for the Bixford Green path and $33,350 for resurfacing Degenhart Park tennis courts. However, those estimates are from 2010.
Groveport's 2018 five-year capital-improvements plan also includes the Hanstein-addition water mains and Front Street taps projects, as well as annual street maintenance ($450,000), Hall said in an October memo to the mayor and council.
Groveport also received Ohio Public Works Commission funding for improvements to the intersection of South Hamilton Road and Firehouse Lane but not for the West Bixby Road Phase 2 project, Hall said.
Canal Winchester also will be focused on continuing to improve the Gender Road corridor, which serves about 35,000 vehicles daily, many of them driven by commuters who live in developing areas of Fairfield and Pickaway counties.
Phase 4 includes improvements at the intersection of Gender and Groveport roads, with additional turn lanes and through lanes to provide for a more efficient flow of traffic at the intersection, public-service director Matt Peoples said.
The project cost is $2.4 million, with 55 percent via loan and 45 percent via grant.
"We're going to do some additional waterline work that wasn't included in OPWC funding," Peoples said. "We identified the railroad crossing on Gender Road as a need, but the crossing infrastructure would be owned by the railroads, and OPWC won't pay for something that is owned by someone else. ... We also are extending the bike path to the west to get closer to connecting with Metro Parks."
Phase 1 of the project cost about $3 million and involved upgrading the intersection of Winchester and Gender roads. Phase 2 was a $4.5 million joint project with the city of Columbus, and Phase 3 was a roundabout project for about $2.1 million.