As a committee works to wrap up a master plan for Commonwealth Park, residents will have one last opportunity to provide input.

A public forum on the project is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at Bexley City Hall, 2242 E. Main St.

A steering committee of 15 Bexley residents has been working since spring to draft a master plan for the park, which is located in north Bexley across from Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview Ave. The plan contains recommendations to add landscaping and maintain the park as a venue that hosts both passive recreational activities and athletic practices for local sports teams, Mayor Ben Kessler said.

"This is a beautification effort, in my opinion; it's not really a use change," he said.

"Perhaps more people will walk in the park (after the master plan has been implemented). I hope they will. But people are currently walking in the park. People are currently using the fields," he said.

During the workshop, committee members will present designs included in the master plan's current draft, which encompasses residents' suggestions from a public workshop held in September, said Elena Andrews, chairwoman of the Commonwealth Park Master Plan Committee.

The purpose of the Dec. 11 workshop is "to have people see what the vision is and to see if there's anything that they would like to add," she said.

"We're hoping to get, potentially, support for what we have planned. ... And if not, we'd like to hear that. We don't want to design this in a bubble," she said.

The committee plans to incorporate the input from the Dec. 11 workshop into the final plan, which is scheduled to be completed in March, Andrews said.

Once the plan has been finalized, the committee will begin estimating costs and identifying potential sources of funding to implement the design elements, Andrews said. The final plan will then be presented for the approval of the city's Tree and Public Gardens Commission, the Recreation Board and council, Kessler said.

For more information about the plan and the workshop, visit bexley.org.

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