Grading, landscaping work to begin for park site in Grove City’s Beulah Park Living

The first phase of a community park development project in Grove City’s Beulah Park Living development is to ensure that future components added to the park can be supported.

Work on the first phase, including grading and landscaping, begins and should be completed this year, said Kim Conrad, director of parks and recreation for Grove City.

“This work is required to complete the park,” she said.

The city’s 2021 capital improvement budget is approximately $ 1 million for the planning and landscaping work in the park, which sits in the middle of the 212-acre Beulah Park Living development.

The core master plan for the park has not changed since it was presented by MKSK in August 2019, Conrad said. MKSK is a Columbus-based consulting firm that worked with the city to develop the plan.

“The concept remains a passive park for the community. It won’t be a park with sports fields,” she said. “There will be some large open spaces and some hiking trails.”

The park plan also includes an amphitheater and a toboggan hill, as well as a 3.6 hectare pond.

Although MKSK presented the master plan in August 2019, it was never officially approved by the city council, Conrad said. The council approved a regulation adopting the master plan on March 15.

When MKSK unveiled the original plan, the company estimated the cost of the improvements at $ 10.3 million, but that estimate didn’t include the amphitheater, city administrator Chuck Boso said.

Since then, an estimate for the amphitheater component has been set at $ 3.5 million, he said.

The largest expenses for the first phase of the project include the installation of a parking and access area for $ 228,000; electrical service, $ 100,000; Site Lighting: $ 227,000; and landscaping, $ 349,000, Boso said.

Most of the park area is open, so there is “plenty of opportunity” for further discussion about what specific amenities could be added, he said.

One of the biggest problems is the size and scope of the amphitheater, Conrad said.

“We still have to determine what exactly we want there,” she said. “Are we looking for events that represent a regional draw or some kind of amphitheater in the community, with smaller events that only attract people from our community?”

As soon as the first planning and landscaping work has been completed, the site will be recognizable and usable as a green area, said Conrad.

“This also sets up the infrastructure so we know the site supports the components we want to put in the site so we don’t have to go back to the drawing board at any point,” she said. “”

Another location designated as a park or performance space is the old Grove City Library location on Park Street.

Although the council passed initial laws to preserve the old library site for public use in November 2019, a final plan for the site has yet to be established and the city will collect additional public contributions on the issue.

The city has decided to wait for the pandemic to subside in order to schedule more public meetings about the downtown park, Conrad said.

“This gives us the ability to have public face-to-face meetings instead of trying to hold virtual meetings,” she said.

That year, it estimated about $ 60,000 for the initial landscaping on the old library grounds, including the placement of some picnic tables and benches for people to use, Conrad said.

“It will be a nice place in the middle of the city center to take a break or maybe sit in one of the city center restaurants and enjoy a meal,” she said.

The old library location is in the city center’s designated refreshment area, so people can also bring an alcoholic beverage they bought in a DORA mug at a participating facility to the location, Conrad said.

On March 1, the council approved a resolution to rearrange additional parcels east and south of the old library grounds so that they can be included in public spaces.

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