Standout projects for Dublin in the coming years will focus on public amenities, according to the city’s Five-Year Capital Improvements Program for 2018-22.

Dublin City Council members Oct. 11 unanimously approved the CIP, which is a five-year look-ahead for city projects that’s updated every year, said Sarah McQuaide, a Dublin public information officer.

In total, $194.3 million has been programmed over five years, including $77.3 million for maintenance projects and $117 million for enhancements and new infrastructure.

The CIP is an important planning document for the city, second only to the annual budget, said Greg Peterson, Dublin mayor.

More than a budgeting document, the CIP allows the city to reinforce its priorities and the annual revisions incorporate flexibility, he said.

An important part of this year’s CIP, said Councilwoman Christina Alutto, is Dublin’s planned Riverside Crossing Park.

The amenity will allow pedestrian access to the Scioto River and provide activity areas for the pedestrian bridge’s landing areas, which connect Dublin’s Historic and Bridge Street districts.

The city will spend a little less than $17.73 million for park improvements. Construction is expected to begin in 2019 and be completed in 2021.

The city has never done a great job of taking advantage of the Scioto River, and this project will do so, Peterson said.

“It’s going to be the place to be,” he said.

The CIP also provides funding for the reconstruction of the Dublin Community Pool North, a project that is programmed in 2019 at the nearly 30-year-old facility.

The project has been accelerated by a year because of increasing maintenance issues.

The city will spend $7.15 million for design and construction for the pool project.

The pool, Peterson said, is reaching the end of its life expectancy.

“It’s time to freshen it up.”

More information about the CIP can be found at http://dublinohiousa.gov/finance.

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