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Add Benches First To Ridgeville Park




Jayma Gobrogge, a member of the Ridgeville Township Park Board, said the first improvement to the new park is the addition of park benches.

Voters in Ridgeville Township approved the creation of a park by a vote of 281 to 64 during the Tuesday, Nov. 5 general election.

In percentage terms, 81.4% of the votes cast were in favor of the park; 18.6% were opposed.

When asked what the results of the vote count mean, Gobrogge said, “The Ridgeville Township residents are behind us. A park is something they think is needed.”

The new park board, appointed by the Ridgeville Township Trustees, has yet to set a date for its first official meeting. Gobrogge said that would come after board members talked to the trustees and with each other.

Land

Christ Community Church, which purchased the former Ridgeville school building, agreed to donate a parcel of property that was once a baseball diamond. The land is located along Henry Co. Rd. X, south and west of the church.

The vote, Gobrogge said, was actually whether or not to accept the property and establish as park.

By putting benches on the park property, Gobrogge said the goal is to give the site “a park feel.”

Benches will be installed “within the next year,” she said.

Fund-Raising

When the board has its first meeting, one of the topics discussed will be fund-raising.

“Once we raise so much money, we’ll buy what we can with the money we have,” she said.

After the benches, the next priority will be playground equipment. Board members are looking at equipment that could cost $25,000 to $30,000.

Gobrogge said Jennifer Kidder, director of parks and recreation for the village of Archbold, has been a big help by telling board members what not to purchase.

The board’s goal is to have playground equipment in the next three years.

After the playground equipment, the next priorities are a shelter house and restrooms, followed by a parking lot.


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