The sign is up, the orange barrels are gone, and North Road Park in Orange Township is finally open.

The 22-acre park, under construction since 2017, officially opened at noon Oct. 28 off North Road, just east of Olentangy High School.

Although North Road Park might be absent any playground equipment, and sports leagues won't begin organized play there until spring, township trustee Lisa Knapp will take it.

"I'm really excited about North Road Park opening so our residents in that part of Orange Township will finally have their own park," Knapp said.

She said the park is a long time coming after delays last year caused by grass seed that didn't grow as planned.

"Getting it finally opened has been a real team effort, especially by our director of operations, Bill Cowan," Knapp said.

For now, the park is available as open green space to township residents. Knapp said one of the features, a cricket pitch, is open for informal play, as well.

The next phase of construction will include a playground for all ages, with ADA-accessible features, Knapp said.

She said the township plans to discuss renting the fields to local youth sports leagues beginning in early 2020.

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