Local sports teams can look forward to a reconditioned athletics field at Commonwealth Park in north Bexley in 2020, if Bexley City Council approves a $221,000 overhaul of the park’s west field as part of the city’s 2020 capital budget.
Council members, Mayor Ben Kessler and recreation director Michael Price discussed the proposal at council’s Dec. 3 meeting.
Commonwealth Park is east of North Parkview and west of North Drexel, and is bordered by Commonwealth Park North and Commonwealth Park South streets. Approximately one-third of the park’s area on both the east and west sides is used as practice and playing fields for youth sports programs, according to the city website, bexley.org.
Commonwealth Park’s west athletics field is in worse condition than the east field, Price said. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best condition, he ranked the Commonwealth west field at 2.
“It’s in rough condition at the end of the season,” Price said.
The east field “is a little bit better, not a lot better, maybe a 4,” he said.
The plan to recondition Commonwealth Park’s west field includes improving drainage and irrigation systems and could coincide with an initiative to preserve the trees in the space, Kessler said.
“This is a really logical time to look at both that and the field at the same time,” he said. “I would love to do the west field in its entirety in the capital budget. We’d learn a lot from doing the smaller of the two fields.”
Council member Tim Madison said he’s observed there are patches in Commonwealth Park that have no grass at all.
“There’s about a third of that field where there’s not a blade of grass, and it is a danger,” Madison said. “We’ve been talking about Commonwealth from a number of years. From a safety perspective, we need to move on this as soon as possible.”
Council’s vote on the city’s 2020 budget could occur as soon as its regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 10, or during a special meeting tentatively scheduled for Dec. 17, depending on how much discussion takes place. Both meetings are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at Bexley City Hall, 2242 E. Main St.