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Parks and Recreation Master Plan public forum

by rachel sluss | Reporter Published: April 9, 2014 12:00 AM

Streetsboro -- Residents had a chance to offer their input on the Parks Master Plan during an April 1 forum, hosted by the city's Parks, Recreation and Conservation Advisory Committee.

The department discussed Streetsboro City Park, Wilcox Memorial Park, Thomas Heritage Park and Vantage Point Park in detail.

Former Director of Parks and Recreation Greg Mytinger led the discussion by asking what the 30-40 citizens liked and disliked about the three parks and what amenities they would like to see added in the future.

"We're going to really evaluate and prioritize what we, as a community, want to put our emphasis on," Mytinger said. "This is not putting a dollar sign on anything. These are our wish list items. These are goals that we want to see happen in five, 10, 20 years."

City Park includes six youth baseball fields, a basketball court, a skate park with ramps, playground structures, a rain garden, two adult softball fields, a pavilion with grills, two tennis courts, wooded trails, one high school baseball field, two public restroom facilities, one stage and gravel walking paths, Mytinger said.

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Many citizens noted they enjoy City Park's location. Citizens also said they are pleased the park offers "something for everyone."

However, others said the park is outdated and needs athletic fields, new batting cages, benches along existing walking paths and more parking.

"It can become very congested," Mytinger said. "Parking can become an issue when we have seven or eight ball fields being used, playgrounds, pavilion rentals, things of that nature."

Wilcox Park features a playground, a small parking lot, a large green space in the back of the property and is home to an abundance of wildlife, Mytinger said.

Several residents said they enjoy the open green space at Wilcox and its visibility from the road. However, others said that the park needs rest rooms, more walking paths and athletic fields.

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Carmen Laudato, chair of the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Advisory Committee, said Wilcox Park was much easier to find than City Park.

"As somebody who moved here about six years ago, it's the only park I could find," she said.

Thomas Heritage Park recently underwent changes including the removal of buildings, said Mytinger

The park has .25 miles of grass paths and an estimated half acre pond.

Mytinger said a dog park will open in May and a fishing or viewing deck will be installed over the pond. He said the accessibility of the park is an issue.

"I like the topography," said City Council member Bridget Pavlick. "It lends itself to some natural things like an outdoor amphitheater type thing."

Several residents said they enjoy the environmental aspects of Thomas Heritage Park and would like to see a nature education center in place to get the schools involved. Others said the park needs more parking and facilities.


"Would that not be an awesome idea to be able to restore something like that and be able to bring the kids back there? I think it's a wonderful thing that we have."

Vantage Point Park is an 8-acre woodland hilltop. The park's landscape only allows for passive recreation activities due to the steep slopes, high quality woodlands and limited access. There are nature paths that lead to observation areas.

"The park is not really developable by any standards that we currently have," Mytinger said. "It is between the backyards of some housing in the Tinker's Green area."

Email: rsluss@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9400 ext. 4162

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