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Cascade Park renovation proceeding along (VIDEO/UPDATED)

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    Looking down on the progress of the renovation of Cascade Park in Elyria.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE

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    An overhead view of Cascade Park.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE

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ELYRIA — Cascade Park  may look barren right now, but come this summer the park will reopen in grand style, said Lorain County Metro Parks Director Jim Ziemnik.

In a first for The Chronicle-Telegram, Ziemnik along with Chief Photographer Bruce Bishop reviewed all of the improvements happening at the Elyria park while Bishop piloted a drone and broadcasted the exchange live via Facebook. Watchers were able to hear Ziemnik answer questions while Bishop provided a bird’s-eye view of the park. Here are the videos:

Have an idea for our next flyover? Submit your suggestions at ctnews@chroniclet.com.

Here are a few of the questions and answers from Wednesday’s Cascade Park preview.

Q. How much longer will the park be closed?

Ziemnik: The main part of the park with the play area and picnic pavilion will remained closed until the end of July. We have a big, grand reopening ribbon-cutting event scheduled with the city of Elyria and Elyria Rotary to rededicate this part of the park. Between 19 acres on the north side and down the old roadway, that will become a trail. That probably won’t reopen until the fall.

Q. Will there be a sledding hill at Cascade Park?

Ziemnik: The sledding hill will remain. It just gets a little tighter at the top as we reorganize the parking and put the roadway in. There will be a new roadway near Five Points that becomes the new entrance that wraps around behind Mendel Court. You can even walk it or bike it.

Q. What happens to the old entrance?

Ziemnik: Hillsdale remains, but it will be for pedestrians and bikers. So you can walk it or bike it. It will no longer serve as a road, but will be a point of access to the park.

Q. What happens to the area where the bear cages used to be?

Ziemnik: We are not bringing the bears back, of course. But we are going to — in future phases — restore that area, do some interpretive signage, pay homage to the old bear cage — what it was, all the fond memories of it. We are going to fix up and restore the trail there, as well as a very unique wetland for this area. We will have our naturalists and the Friends of Cascade Park lead tours and talk about the unique history of the park.

Q. Will the park have play areas for the kids?

Ziemnik: Yes. The playground is coming back. At the base of the roadway hill, you will see a lot of new blocks. That will be a new little waterfall that will be a feature of that play area. Children will be able to get in there and play around. And at the base of that, there will be a new splash pad area. So kids can get totally wet on a hot, steamy day.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 440-329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.


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