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Park Board Discusses Scout Cabin Repair




The Archbold Park Board discussed foundation repairs to the scout cabin in Ruihley Park during the Tuesday night, Dec. 9, meeting.

Jennifer Kidder, parks and recreation director, said the cabin work is planned for January or February 2009.

She said the building needs other improvements, but “we are not in a (financial) position to do all of it at once.”

When the building is “jacked up” for foundation repairs, it will be out of service for about two weeks. This year it was rented 84 times, not counting the days it was used by the Fulton County Senior Center or the Archbold scouts. A day rental of the building is $40.

Kevin Morton, board member, asked Kidder to prepare a list of repairs the cabin needs.

Chautauqua

A living history enactment, Chautauqua is scheduled for Ruihley Park, central Archbold, July 7-11, 2009. Archbold Parks and Recreation is sponsoring the event.

Kidder has set a goal of $15,000 to cover the costs of Chautauqua. The Archbold Lions Club has given $1,000 to the Chautauqua fund.

During the meeting, Kidder said the Archbold Area Foundation gave $2,500 to the Parks and Recreation Scholarship Fund. It provides registration fees, based on need, for children to participate in park programs. According to Kidder, “the most need seems to be for summer programs.”

The park system has received a state grant of almost $18,000 for a playground planned for the Sauder Village campground. Kidder said Jim Wyse, Archbold mayor, helped with the grant application.

Archbold Lions Club will build two picnic shelters in Woodland Park in 2009.

Trees

Kidder said the park system has $4,000 for additional shade trees in Memorial Park. She has applied for additional grant money for trees.

Dead or diseased ash trees have been removed from the park. Some good-sized trees have been planted in the park that will provide fall color.

A photo album of the new soccer field-kicking wall in Woodland Park, built by Chandler Tinsman, was shown to the board.

Tinsman built the wall to earn an Eagle Scout badge. Park Board pledged up to $500 for the project, but the money was not needed.

All board members except Vaughn Benz and Keith Radabaugh were present.

The next regular board meeting is Thursday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m., in the municipal building council room.- Sharon Taylor


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