Blendon Township residents will have a chance at two meetings in December to view concepts for three parks that will be included in the Blendon Parks Master Plan.

Blendon Township residents will have a chance at two meetings in December to view concepts for three parks that will be included in the Blendon Parks Master Plan.

On Dec. 2, design concepts will be presented for Sunbury Woods Commons and what is being called the "gateway park," the park on the northwest corner of Dempsey and Hempstead roads. A Dec. 7 meeting will include plans for the gateway park and for Ridgewood Park.

Both meetings will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Blendon Township Senior Center, 6330 Hempstead Road.

Following an October meeting, during which township residents provided input on what they would like to see in those parks, the Neighborhood Design Center drafted multiple concepts for each.

For the park at Dempsey and Hempstead roads, designers attempted to create a gateway feel for the township, give a sense of enclosure to the park through fencing or landscaping that would keep children from running into the street and incorporate some new play equipment, said Cheryl Huffman, director of landscape and urban design at the Neighborhood Design Center.

At Sunbury Commons, Huffman said designers attempted to create more play spaces, with updated equipment and some natural play areas.

She said the Neighborhood Design Center also tried to create a sense of enclosure to the park, because many residents who use it were confused by its poorly marked boundaries.

The parks plan came out of a recommendation from the Blendon Community Plan drafted last year with Blendon Township residents through Franklin County's planning office.

For more on this story, see the Dec. 2 edition of ThisWeek Westerville.