City plans to install skate park by July

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Posted March 27, 2014

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

A skate park is in the works for the city of London. Completion is slated for this summer.

The facility will occupy a portion of the former tennis courts on Park Avenue. Two years ago, the city transformed three of the tennis courts into two full-size basketball courts. The remaining two tennis courts are reserved for the skate park.

The skate park will cost approximately $35,000 to build. A Nature Works grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will provide $20,000 for ramps and associated equipment. The city’s matching funds of up to $15,000 will go toward repaving the courts.

The grant requires the work to be completed by June 30. The city has already scoped out a supplier, American Ramp Co., and a design. The project will move forward with ODNR’s approval of the city’s choices, said Safety-Service Director Stephen Hume.

No lights for softball field

City council opted to put off installing new lights for the softball field at Merri-Mac Park.

The $8,500 project was one of two capital improvement projects the finance committee recommended for funding this year. The other is an $80,000 project to replace two catch basins on Maple Street and cap-seal the Maple Street road surface between High Street and State Route 665.

Council approved the Maple Street project, but opted not to vote on the ball park lights. Parks and Recreation Director Ben McCoy said the lights project is needed but can wait.

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