NORTHFIELD CENTER – The township has made some changes to plans for improvements at Beacon Hills Park, and is awaiting the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ final approval so work can begin as soon as possible.

A few months ago, the township was awarded a $114,885 ODNR NatureWorks grant to enhance accessibility to and utilization of Beacon Hills Park. At an April 23 session, Township Administrator Steve Wright and recreation committee member Rick Patz outlined changes to the plans, and trustees approved them.

Beacon Hills Park measures about 345 by 200 feet, and is located at Beacon Hill Boulevard and Pleasantview Drive.

The revised plans call for revamping two existing tennis courts, which also will be striped for one each pickleball and wiffle ball court. An existing basketball court will be upgraded, the play area will be expanded and a bocce ball court, pavilion and parking will be added.

"With these improvements, this will become a multi-purpose park," said Wright. "We have submitted the proposed changes to ODNR, and hope to get final approval soon."

The pavilion will have a metal hip roof and will measure 16 by 28 feet. The expanded playground will measure about 65 by 95 feet, with some playground equipment moved from the township’s Crestview Park. The basketball court will be 51 by 77 feet, the bocce ball court 13 by 91 feet and the parking lot 54 by 63 feet.

Trustees approved two purchase orders for Done on Time Construction to relocate playground equipment from Crestwood Park ($6,800) and for grading and drainage work and playground area enlargement ($24,280).

Trustee Rich Reville thanked Patz for the effort he has put forth to bring the park project to fruition, while Trustee Russ Mazzola thanked Reville for his part in the planning process.

OTHER BUSINESS

Trustees approved a service agreement and purchase order worth $18,355 for Wolfscape Inc. to perform lawn mowing and landscape planting/maintnenace services at township properties through Nov. 30, 2020.

The township will ask the Summit County engineer’s office to install permanent "no parking" signs along the east side of of Brandywine Road from the I-271 underpass north to the Brandywine entrance of All-Saints Cemetery. Trustee Paul Buescher explained Cuyahoga Valley National Park officials requested the signs because increased parking along the road is causing a hazard.

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, trustees OK’d suspending contributions to the Fire Awareness Instruction and Respect program for the remainder of 2020. The funds, which are drawn from ambulance billing proceeds, are used to provide public education regarding fire safety. It was noted Macedonia and Sagamore Hills Township also are suspending their contributions.

A purchase order worth $2,576 was authorized to be paid to Clean Harbors for vacuuming out the service department’s oil and water separator and disposing of any solid contents.

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