CUYAHOGA FALLS — A new dog park at Water Works Park and improvements at Quirk Cultural Center are among the nearly $800,000 in capital projects that the city’s parks and recreation department is planning to undertake in 2019.
The city is planning to spend $20,000 on the installation of a dog park at Water Works Park, 2025 Munroe Falls Ave. The city has had a dog park at Keyser Park, 851 W. Bath Road, since 2005, according to Kelli Crawford-Smith, the director of Division of Neighborhood Excellence, Communications and Community Outreach. Crawford-Smith noted a smaller addition was constructed and opened in 2015. With Keyser Park being on the west side of town, Crawford-Smith noted officials felt residents "would be better served to have a park in close proximity to the east side where they would not have to travel so far to utilize a dog park."
Crawford-Smith said the $20,000 earmarked for the park will be "utilized mainly" for perimeter fencing and money would also be spent on park benches, a watering station and signs. If the weather cooperates, she said the project is slated to begin in late spring or early summer, and be completed in mid-summer. The dog park will be built in an area southwest of the playground parallel to the railroad tracks.
A total of $265,000 worth of work is also planned at Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave. $200,000 is earmarked for HVAC/boiler replacement, $25,000 is set aside for building improvements and 40,000 is set to be spent on parking lot curb replacement. Installation of the new HVAC/boiler will begin in summer and is expected to be finished before fall 2019, said Crawford-Smith. The parking lot curb work is expected to happen in mid-summer, but Crawford-Smith said it is not yet known when the building improvements — which will include restroom upgrades and carpet replacement — will occur.
Other projects planned in 2019 are: installation of playground equipment at Price Elementary School, $70,000; installation of playground equipment at DeWitt Elementary School, $70,000; resurfacing of the Keyser Park tennis court, $40,000; replacement of the Lions Lodge roof, $40,000; engineering work for restoration of the Water Works Park riverbank, $35,000; replacement of the Highbridge Glens boardwalk, $30,000; repairs to the Valley Vista basketball courts, $20,000; and replacement of the Oak Park/Schnee Learning Center slide, $10,000.
Crawford-Smith noted that the actual restoration of the Water Works Park riverbank will happen in either 2020 or 2021.
Funding for these projects either comes from the parks leisure fund or the rec levy fund "depending on the nature and location of the project," stated Crawford-Smith.
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