By Hannah Poling
Plans for a park on Alkire Road are coming along.
Brad Westall, with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, attended the Feb. 17 Westland Area Commission meeting to provide the community with an update on plans for the park. The city plans to turn the property, located at 6084 Alkire Road in Galloway, into a 25-acre recreational space.
Westall said the city wants to turn the land into a nice, neighborhood park, that would offer plenty of activities for families.
The plan, Westall said, is to build a pathway so people can walk or ride their bike in from Georgesville Road. Plans call for a small parking area with 25 spaces, a family shelter, a trail head, and a playground with natural play equipment such as logs to walk across and rocks to climb on. The park could also include open green space, as well as a garden.
One of the goals of the project is to attract people who are traveling the Camp Chase Trail. The trail stretches from downtown Columbus to Big Darby to Cincinnati. This is a 325-mile long trail which goes right by Alkire Road.
Westall said there are plans to construct a bike repair station and a drinking fountain for the people riding through.
“This is the best use for the land and the wetland around it,” said Shawn Thomas, commissioner.
Construction for the park project could begin late summer or early fall.
In other news, Sergeant Frederick Brophy, from the Columbus Police Department, attended the meeting to introduce himself to the commissioners.
Brophy took over the position of westside community response sergeant last month. He has done quite a bit of work on the westside, mostly in Franklinton and the Hilltop.
“I thought this would be a good opportunity to come out and let everyone know who I am,” said Brophy. “I am looking forward to a long-term working relationship with you all.”
Ryan Sigman will no longer be the community liaison officer. Rob Bruce will be taking over the liaison position. Bruce has been on the Hilltop and the westside of Columbus his entire career.
“I know a lot of people so it should be a fairly smooth transition,” he said.