London parks getting TLC

Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
Tammy Braskett, London parks and recreation director, paints a dugout at Merri-Mac Park, where improvements are being made.

(Posted April 26, 2017)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Park improvements are the name of the game in London this spring and summer.

Crews recently repaired structural damage, re-shingled, and painted the shelter houses at Merri-Mac Park on Toland Avenue. They also re-shingled the park’s ball field dugouts and are repainting the dugouts. Jefferson Industries is donating $1,000 to help with repairs to fencing at the ball fields. Last year, crews resealed and relined the park’s basketball courts.

Work continues on a major playground overhaul at Cowling Park on North Main Street. Equipment is going in that is accessible to children of a wide range of abilities. The second phase of equipment installation is set for June 9-10. To learn how to donate to the multi-phase Access Cowling project, contact Amy Rees at the city administration office, (740) 852-3243.

The city also has installed posts at Triangle Park, the small patch of land at the intersection of Lafayette and Elm streets. Organizations are welcome to hang banners between the posts to promote events. Scheduling must be made through the administration office.

In other municipal news, the city is applying for a Transportation Alter-natives Program (TAP) grant to install sidewalks on Park Avenue between Main and Elm streets. The estimated cost is $140,000. The application is due May 15.

This is the city’s third attempt at securing a TAP grant. The program is federally funded and administered through the Ohio Department of Transportation. If the grant is approved, the city will be responsible for at least 5 percent of the construction cost and all costs associated with engineering, environmental studies and right-of-way plans.

On April 20, city council approved a $7,100 fund transfer so that Police Chief Glenn Nicol can use donations made to the police department. The donations include funds from the Ohio Cobra Club, which hosts a car show at the London Strawberry Festival each year. Nicol plans to use some of the money to purchase a speed radar machine and update a patrol car radio.

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