CW’s McGill Park progressing

Messenger photos by Linda Dillman
One of the many earth moving vehicles crisscrossing the fast changing landscape at Canal Winchester’s McGill Park passes in front of an old family farmhouse still located on site. Last April, Canal Winchester City Council passed a $3 million bond note for the first phase of the park project, which includes a large, playground, 67×32 foot three-season shelter house with restrooms and a kitchenette, a 24×36 foot shelter house, four full-size soccer fields, walking paths, and parking areas. McGill park is located along Lithopolis-Winchester Road on the southeast edge of Canal Winchester near Walnut Creek.
Canal Winchester Mayor Mike Ebert (left) looks at trees pointed out by Public Service Director Matt Peoples (right) as the pair visited construction sites at McGill Park. The gravel base of the walking trail will eventually cross one of two weathering steel bridges being built in the park. The city received a $500,000 grant for Phase I of the project and a $450,000 grant for the trail connector project, in addition to a $500,000 donation from the Wood Foundation, $15,000 from TS Tech, and $2,500 from Trinity Health.
Many old growth trees will line the trails and features of McGill Park, in addition to new baseball and soccer fields. A trail connector will link a 10-foot-wide asphalt path starting across from the covered bridge, traveling along Washington Street and then along Walnut Creek to a terminus near the McGill farmhouse.


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