Pool and park repairs planned in the Hilltop

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By Josephine Birdsell
Staff Writer

Park improvements are coming to Hilltop.

The Columbus Parks and Recreation department is planning improvements to The Columbus Aquatics Center and John Burroughs Elementary School.

“Our facilities have been in place for quite some time. It’s time to get feedback on what’s really important for the community, find out how our facilities meet those needs, and see what’s missing,” said Kathy Spatz, land development specialist, at the April 6 Greater Hilltop Area Commission meeting.

As part of the improvements to the aquatic center, the recreation and parks department plans to install new outdoor pools, including a pool near Glenwood park in the Hilltop.

The plan is to replace and redesign the pool in Glenwood to better accommodate the needs of Hilltop residents. They also plan to update and increase swimming programs and classes for kids in the area.

“We’re excited about the aquatics program having some face lifts,” Spatz said.

The city is also planning renovations to the playground at John Burroughs Elementary School.

The parks and recreation department will update the play area to include swing sets and new equipment for kids to climb on. The playground will also get new picnic tables and a roofed outdoor structure to be used for outdoor classes in the walkways. Lastly, parks and recreation will patch holes in the existing asphalt walkways and plant new plants and trees throughout the area.

The city will accept bids from various companies at the end of spring. Officials hope to begin construction in 2021.

In other news, the commission is hosting a Trash Summit from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 12 to address residents’ concerns about trash and illegal dumping throughout the Hilltop. The meeting is open to the public. The commission hopes to develop concrete solutions to the amount of trash in the area. The location of the summit has yet to be determined.

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