PIKE TWP.-- Township trustees received news about Fry Family Park at their Aug. 15 meeting.
Rick Summers, the newly hired operations manager for Stark Parks, presented updates on a fluid, conceptual plan for the park. The plan will be adapted with an eye toward finance and use. Ideas presented were as follows.
/ The park is due to open in the second quarter of 2017.
/ The entrance will be changed for safer egress.
/ Three to four walking trails will be constructed.
/ Long term plans are to connect all Stark County trails.
/ An interactive watershed discovery zone will be built, with a playground and a watershed zone to educate children on effects of farming, city and natural environment on the watershed.
/ A small amphitheater will be constructed.
/ The crews are getting ready to pave the road up to the shelter and Fry house with a 30-40 car parking lot.
/ The shelter will have a restroom.
/ The Fry house will be turned into offices, meeting rooms and a welcome center.
/ The swimming pool could become a nature pond.
/ The Carnes garage will be turned into a maintenance space, with possibly room for the Stark County library.
/ The Gearhart house will be demolished, with the well being used for the shelter.
/ The barn is scoped to be potential for weddings, parties, etc., with a kitchen installed.
/ The property will be hooked up to the sewer system.
Summers said it is a beautiful property, and the park will be something wonderful for residents to enjoy.
To help the endeavor, trustees passed an umbrella procedure package waiving all permit costs and meetings for any structures built on the property. In return, the parks will remain in close contact with the board, presenting drawings of all such buildings.
Road supervisor Mark Pahanish reported the new truck is done, and Trumbull County will picki up the old one Wednesday. He also said chip and seal will be finished in September after pipeline work is done.
Zoning inspector Sharon Perrine inspected the Grooms property last week, prior to going to court. The lawyers for both sides are working on an agreement that must be submitted to the court by Aug. 25.
Trustee Paul Mosberger reported the two major topics at the Ohio Township meeting in Columbus were broadband access and the heroin and opiate epidemic.
Trustees set a special meeting for Oct. 3, 6 p.m., at the East Sparta Fire Station.
The township's cleanup day will be Saturday, Aug. 20, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Trash must be manageable.
The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the township building.