After a series of delays, work officially is underway to construct a park that Powell leaders see as an important amenity for the city.
A groundbreaking for Powell's Seldom Seen Park -- formerly known as the Park at Seldom Seen -- was held in April, and after a variety of slowdowns, progress has begun on the project to turn a 23-acre plot on the north side of Seldom Seen Road into a multiuse park.
Nine phases of development will see the park evolve over multiple years. While basic amenities such as a concession and restroom facility, a playground, two ball diamonds and five multisport athletic fields and multiuse paths have been identified, planning and funding for other phases will be completed as the project develops.
Powell City Councilman and Vice Mayor Tom Counts has been active in the park's development. He said the park represents a crucial opportunity for Powell, a city where parkland can be hard to come by.
"We really don't have much in the way of a park that services our residents, especially in Golf Village," he said, "so it's really important that this park does that. Most of our parks are in the south part of the city."
Perhaps more importantly, Counts said, is the inclusion of fields for soccer and other sports, which Counts called "really important."
"This park is going to have soccer fields and a baseball diamond, and that's an amenity we don't have," he said. "The soccer fields are just so important for many of the kids."
The land for the space was donated by Don Kenney Cos., the developer of the Golf Village subdivision, meaning there were no restrictions on what it could become.
Because of that "blank slate," Counts said the park will cater more to what residents want.
"We had a lot of input from various groups and from our parks and recreation staff in terms of what we heard from residents and what they needed, and the soccer field was the big thing," he said. "We really didn't have that room anywhere else."
City spokeswoman Megan Canavan said the "majority" of work on the first phase of the park is expected to be finished by early 2019. She said the restroom and concessions facility is under construction and sports fields have been graded and seeded.
"The earliest anticipated date to begin using the fields is in the fall 2019," she said.