Fill at City Park not draining well; French drains being installed

by Bob Gaetjens | Editor Published:

Several weeks

ago, Mayor Glenn Broska said adding fill to a 1-acre area of City Park would fix drainage issues in the area so it could be used by this fall, but things haven't turn out as planned.

Broska said he believes the area will be ready to use in time for Streetsboro Family Days.

About an acre worth of donated fill did not drain well, so the Streetsboro Board of Control recently unanimously approved spending up to $8,500 to install French drains that would help the field dry up, according to Board of Control member and City Council member Jeff Allen.

"I don't know that it's going to work," said Allen. "I'm not the engineer. All the Board of Control members agreed we needed some positive drainage."

The drains are being installed by the city's service department, he added.

The dirt was donated by The Collection Auto Group; it represents a $17,000 donation in hopes it would fix a pre-existing drainage problem in that area of the park. Because of poor drainage, that area has never been usable as a sports field.

Mayor Glenn Broska said "grass is starting to grow in" on the one acre of ground where fill was graded.

With Streetsboro Family Days beginning July 25, Chuck Kocisko, founder of the four-day festival, said the organization does not plan to have any activities where the new grass is growing.

"Glenn thinks it's going to be hard enough, but our intention is not to go on that area at all," he said. Amusement rides need to sit on hard ground, and Kocisko said he believes the area may not have had enough time to settle, even if it is dry.

Instead, the rides will be spaced closer together.

"Up until this year, we were able to have plenty of room between rides," he said.

Broska said he believes the Streetsboro Family Days organizer may be "being overcautious."

"That dirt's all been rolled and everything else," he said. "[Kocisko] may be being overcautious, but that's his call."

The driveway heading from Kirby Lane back to the softball fields also needs work, since it was "never designed to carry 80,000-pound trucks" that moved the fill dirt to City Park, according to Broska. Fixing the portion from Kirby Lane back to the rear parking lot will cost about $15,000, he said.

"That'll be a double chip and seal job, and we'll get another 20 to 25 years out of that," he said. "It's been that long since that's been paved back there."

Even at a cost of up to $23,500, Mayor Glenn Broska said creating a playable field with the donated fill and drainage was still cost-effective compared with buying the fill and hiring a company to do the job.

"When you look at the complete project, if we would have sent that out to have that done, the estimate we had from the excavator was $140,000, and we are not even within sight of that," said Broska.

Broska said the plan to use the 3-acre field, including the area that was filled, for soccer and other sports will come before the Streetsboro Planning and Zoning Commission at its Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 9184 Route 43.

Assuming the commission OKs the plan and the grass grows well, Broska said the field may be usable soon.

"I would think that there may be a pretty good chance … that we could be playing soccer there this fall," he said.

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