July 24, 2016

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Medina plans improvements at Ray Mellert Park

MEDINA — Construction of a splash pad at Ray Mellert Park is expected to start in mid-July and be finished by late summer, the project’s architect said Tuesday.

Ray DelaMotte, of Brandstetter Carroll Inc., spoke at a meeting before a dozen residents about planned improvements to the park.

The city plans to build a splash pad, fitness trail and restroom at Ray Mellert Park off North Huntington Street in Medina. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY LIZ SHEAFFER)

Besides the splash pad, improvements include updates to lighting at the baseball fields, security cameras, a quarter-mile fitness trail and public restroom. They will be funded by an approximately $300,000 federal Neighborhood Revitalization grant.

The fitness trail, splash pad and restroom have yet to be built, but they must be completed by September, according to the terms of the grant. The security cameras will be placed once the splash pad is finished, said Sandy Davis, administrative assistant for the city’s Planning and Community Development Department.

Officials said they are leaning toward a plan that calls for the splash pad to be built west of the park’s pavilion, and the restroom would be west of the pad.

City Engineer Patrick Patton said officials like that plan because people tend to sit in the pavilion at Fred Greenwood Park on the city’s southwest side and watch their children play in the splash pad there.

Parks and Recreation Director Tim Swanson said the splash pad will be free to use and open from about 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Water will be re-circulated through the splash pad and treated with chlorine, he said. Park personnel will test the water twice daily, but the pad also is designed to shut down if the chemicals are out of balance.

One resident asked if there would be separate areas for different age groups to play in the splash pad, and Swanson said no, but generally only younger children and toddlers are interested in the splash pad at Fred Greenwood.

The splash pad will be about 1,500 square feet, and there will be no standing water, so no need for lifeguards, Swanson said.

The Rev. Cornell Carter, pastor at Second Baptist Church, said he’s looking forward to the improvements. The meeting was held in the church’s fellowship hall on Bronson Street.

“The great thing is that people in this particular neighborhood, people in Ward 1, are very engaged,” he said.

“This is really a direct result of that engagement,” Carter said, referring to the improvements, some of which residents suggested.

Contact Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.