By Rick Palsgrove
City of Groveport officials are seeking citizen input regarding future improvements to the town’s largest park.
City officials are updating the master plan for the city’s 82-acre Groveport Park, located at 7370 Groveport Road. The updated plan will provide a framework for the future development of facilities, athletic fields, and other park amenities over the next several years for Groveport Park.
“The study is primarily pertaining to Groveport Park, since it is the largest and most active park,” said Groveport City Administrator Marsha Hall. “However, the committee will review the other parks at the end of the study to determine if they want to modify any future enhancements to those parks.”
City officials are asking residents to respond to a short survey to help them identify issues and concerns as well as types of future improvements residents would like to see in Groveport Park.
The survey can be found at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/groveportpark.
The deadline for responses is Dec. 2.
“The updated plan should be made available to the public after Groveport City Council reviews it, hopefully sometime in late January,” said Hall.
The original plans from 2004 for Groveport Park included several amenities that, to this point, have not been added to the park, including: restrooms, skatepark, outdoor basketball courts, sand volleyball court, shelters, and horse shoe pits. In the past couple of years, council has also discussed adding tennis courts and pickleball courts to the park.
Currently, Groveport Park features the Groveport Recreation and Senior Center, Groveport Aquatic Center, softball diamonds, soccer fields, EVOS playground, paved leisure path (approximately 1.8 mile), two ponds with fountains, the historic Ohio and Erie Canal Lock 22, large expanses of green space, and wooded areas. Fishing is permitted at the two ponds. Groveport Park connects with Blacklick Park and Rager Road via an unpaved foot/bike path at the northwest end of the property.
Groveport has eight developed parks plus 11 undeveloped neighborhood parks. The eight developed parks are: Groveport Park, Cruiser Park, Heritage Park, Blacklick Park (the town’s oldest park), Degenhart Park, Orchard Park, Greenpointe Business Park, and Veterans Park.
Founders Bend resident James Chilton asked council, at its Nov. 18 meeting, to consider adding a shelterhouse and swings to the Founders Bend neighborhood park.
Hall said discussions, considerations, and information gathering about potential improvements to the city’s other parks would be done internally since the current emphasis on updating the master parks plan is on Groveport Park.