WELLINGTON — On Tuesday, Mayor Hans Schneider unveiled and Village Council approved the final plans for the park that will be on the site of the old McCormick school.
The plan is an update from one unveiled in September, which Schneider said seemed too “busy” and clashed with his and the committee’s vision of a passive kind of park.
“This one is nicer and tight, the layout is more user-friendly, so to speak,” Schneider said.
Along Dickson Street the plan shows a fenced-in playground. Near the back of the park along Courtland Street is a bandstand with restrooms and drinking fountains, which was the idea of late Councilman Frederick Alspach, who died last summer. In the center is a larger evergreen tree where seven walkways converge. Additionally, there’s a jogging path that runs along the perimeter.
Looking over the September plans, each member of the committee went around and chose what they did or didn’t like to determine what to change for the final plan. One of the most significant removals included removing the amount of trees in the park, removing an “activity area” on the south section of the layout along Carpenter Street and extending an additional walkway through the center of the park.
The property was acquired when the Wellington school board sold it for $10 in February of last year, according to Schneider. The village held public meetings in 2016 for ideas on what the park should look like after the school was torn down. A committee was then formed to help design the park, along with the help of Eric Brubeck, a landscape architecture and garden designer in Cleveland.
The village will start taking name suggestions for the park through the mayor’s email, firstname.lastname@example.org. The names will then be publicly submitted on the village’s Facebook page and the committee will choose one to recommend to Council at the end of March.
The cost of the park is estimated at about $1.6 million, Schneider said, and will be fully covered by fundraising and grants. Though their schedule may change, Schneider hopes to have the groundbreaking and name announcement in June.
“I am very confident that at some point the vision we have today will be a reality in the future,” Schneider said.
The plans will go to the Planning Committee to address any potential concerns and then back to Council for final acceptance.
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