ELYRIA — Throughout 2017 and early 2018, Cascade Park will undergo changes that will make it a park for generations to come to enjoy.
Construction will dominate several areas of the park, resulting in rotating park closures, said Lorain County Metro Parks officials.
The parks district announced Thursday that within the next two weeks contractors will begin the demolition and removal of buildings and other structures. During construction, all access to the central portion of the park by the Hillsdale Court entrance including the Nature Center and sledding hill will be closed until further notice.
“This is necessary for the health and safety of the general public and the construction personnel,” the park district said in a release. “The completely new facilities and services at ‘19 Acres’ will be available in the spring of 2017 and limited operations will be available at Elywood Park as well.”
Access to Cascade Park from the Hillsdale Court entrance will be closed while demolition by the Lorain County Metro Parks takes place in upcoming weeks.
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Some of the work includes construction of a new entrance off Furnace Street, signage, parking, gate and overlook near the area and shelters and restrooms.
The Elyria Rotary Club will fund its centennial celebratory park at Cascade Park in 2018. The rock- and water-themed play area will be all-inclusive to replace the current play area. The water portion of the park will stop short of being a splash pad but will offer play experience that will leave children more than a little wet, said Metro Parks Director Jim Ziemnik.
The full build-out plan for Cascade Park, while being done in phases, will have several elements once complete that will play upon the park’s natural features while also offering unique attractions to Elyria and Lorain County park visitors.
New observation decks, walking paths and picnic pavilions will be improved, parks officials said, in addition to a new amphitheater and 15,000- to 20,000-square-foot event center that will open the park for community events and performances.
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