Mt. Sterling: New Friends of the Park committee formed

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(Posted Dec. 17, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Mount Sterling is making a big push to secure local and state funding for improvements at Mason Park.

At the Dec. 13 village council meeting, council member Becky Martin announced the creation of a Friends of the Park committee. Deanna Pettit, owner of Hammer Time Pub in Mount Sterling, is heading up the group. Meetings are set for 6 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month at town hall. The first meeting will take place Dec. 23.

Pettit has already held fundraisers through her business to benefit the park, the most recent being a chili cookoff during Christmas in the Village. The contest raised over $600. Pettit has additional fundraisers planned for the first three months of the year, Martin reported.

The Friends of the Park committee plans to solicit donations from area businesses and corporations and explore other fundraising opportunities. Anyone interested in helping is welcome to attend the monthly meetings.

The local fundraising efforts go hand-in-hand with the village’s plans to apply for state funding for improvements at the park. In recent years, the city of London and the village of West Jefferson have successfully secured state dollars for park projects. The deadline for next year’s state funding cycle is March.

In the meantime, village leaders are seeking input from residents about what they would like to see at Mason Park. A link to a short survey can be found on the village’s home page, www.mtsterling.org. The survey can be accessed directly at Park Survey. Paper copies are available in the town hall lobby.

The survey asks respondents how often they visit the park, what activities bring them to the park, and if they would visit the park more often if it featured a better walking path and if sidewalks were installed allowing pedestrian traffic to get to the park safely. The survey also asks if residents have family members or friends who would take advantage of an all-inclusive playground designed for children of all abilities. London and West Jefferson used state funding to install all-inclusive playground equipment.

The survey also includes a list of potential improvements for the park. Respondents are asked to choose the three amenities they would most like to see. The options include bathrooms with running water, a concession stand, a splash pad, an enhanced walking path in the park, sidewalks to the park, a dog park, trees and flowers to add shade and beauty, and benches along the walking path.

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