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Rock- and water-themed play area part of continuing Cascade Park work

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    A major portion of the Cascade Park project is nearing completion. The playground equipment and new trees are installed at the park, and the roads and paths are being paved.



ELYRIA — Cascade Park has been transforming under the direction of Lorain County Metro Parks.

Now, a major portion of the city’s historic park is set to reopen to the public in a ceremony scheduled for 2 p.m. July 29. Then, park district officials will join representatives from the city of Elyria and Elyria Rotary Club for a ribbon-cutting on some of the features of the park, including an inclusive playground.

The Rotary Club donated more than $350,000 toward the playground, a gift to the city to mark the group’s centennial.

The rock- and water-themed play area will be open to children of all abilities. The water portion of the park will stop short of being a full splash pad but will offer a wet play experience for children, said Metro Parks Director Jim Ziemnik.

This reopening will mark the first major celebration at Cascade since Metro Parks took over operations for the city.

Cascade Park underwent major changes in 2017 and early 2018, resulting in rotating park closures. The work included construction of a new entrance off Furnace Street, signage, parking, gate and overlook, plus shelters and restrooms.

Work continues in the park.

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