Gaga ball, a new game played in an octagonal pit, is coming to Ruihley Park.
Members of Archbold Park Board gave consensus to approve the construction of the pit by Isaac Reichert for his Eagle Scout project.
Park Board made the decision during its Wednesday, May 1 meeting.
The pit will be 20 feet in diameter with 30-inch tall walls, made of damage-resistant composite material. It will be built on a 24-foot concrete slab.
It will be located north of the bandstand, and south of the Scout Cabin. The spot is the where the horseshoe pits were located.
In Gaga ball, players use a rubber kickball and try to hit each other below the knees. A player that is struck is out, and the game is played until there is only one player left.
The difference between Gaga ball and dodgeball is that the player can only be struck below the knees. The Chicago Tribune calls Gaga ball a “kinder, gentler” dodgeball.
A major point of discussion about the project was the balls.
Reichert proposed leaving the balls at the pit, so people could come and play anytime. But Park Board members said the balls would be stolen.
While the balls are inexpensive– about $3.50 to $4 each– Jennifer Hurst, Park Board member, said purchasing 100 balls would add up.
Jennifer Kidder, Archbold Parks & Recreation director, said youngsters bring their own balls to play other games; at recess, the middle school sends equipment out to the park.
The board also discussed the downtown concert featuring country music, planned for Friday, June 21.
The concert is part of a day of activities in the parks called the Backyard Bash.
Kidder said advertisements will start on a Wauseon country radio station on June 1.
Josh Johnson, Parks & Recreation recreation program specialist, said members of the Archbold Lions Club volunteered to help, and members of the Archbold High School football team will help with setup.
Kidder said tickets will be sold in advance so officials can get an idea of the response. Tickets will be available on the day of the event.
Food trucks will be at the event, Johnson said.
The planning process is starting for the Fall Festival, set for Saturday, Sept. 14.
One aspect that needs to be determined: the name of the event.
Hurst said her 10-year-old reported there were “really bad words” painted inside the covered portion of the slide in the Memorial Park playground.
The youngster made elaborate attempts to describe the words without actually saying them, Hurst said.
Kidder said graffiti inside the slide is an ongoing problem.
There was also an incident involving a man riding a garden tractor in Ruihley Park. The ground was too soft, and the vehicle damaged the grass. Estimate damage was $350.
The board discussed installing video cameras to watch the parks.
Board member Vaughn Bentz was absent.
The next meeting is Wednesday, June 19, 7 pm, in council chambers.