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Park Board Looking Into North Pointe Parking Lot




Bob Seaman, Archbold Village engineer, is looking into the construction of an eight-to- 10 space parking lot for North Pointe Park, Jennifer Kidder, Archbold’s director of parks and recreation said.

Kidder said Park Board discussed the need for parking spaces at the park during the Archbold Park Board Tuesday night, April 8 meeting.

The subject came up during the Monday night, April 7 Archbold Village Council meeting.

Brad Grime, councilman, said a new house is being constructed near the park, which takes away from available parking spaces on St. Anne St.

“With the house going in, it could present a problem,” Kidder said.

Kidder said Seaman is investigating the possibility of building the lot in space already planned for parking, south of the sledding hill.

The current plan calls for paving the lot with grindings, material left over after streets are ground for resurfacing.

“It’s similar to what was put on the alleys,” Kidder said.

Baseball Diamonds

Kidder said the board discussed the layout of additional baseball diamonds for Memorial Park.

The board is planning on constructing four additional diamonds on 16 acres west of the current baseball diamonds. The area was previously used for soccer.

She said the park board won’t be constructing all four diamonds right away, because of the costs involved.

The board’s available funds are tied up elsewhere.

“We have debt to pay down after the construction of Woodland Park,” she said

Instead, Kidder said she will look into grants to construct the diamonds.

There is a need for additional diamonds.

“Our diamonds are busy from 7:30 am to 11 at night, or 12 in the morning,” she said.

EAB

The board will be planting new trees in Memorial Park that are resistant to the emerald ash borer.

The insect, which came from China, destroys ash trees. Trees infested with the emerald ash borer were discovered in a wooded area of Woodland Park.

Kidder said treatment for ash trees to prevent infestation is expensive, and there is no guarantee of success, “so we aren’t going to spend too much money on treatment,” she said.

Instead, trees, which are “a little bigger” than usual, will be planted in the park.

“We won’t take anything down until we have to,” she said.

“The trees that are out there are just getting big enough to do some good,” she said.

The board also updated the wage classifications for summer employees.

She said the swimming pool will open May 24, but prior to opening, the bottom of the pool will be painted.

Painting is a task that must be done every five to seven years; this is the year, she said.

The park board’s soccer program is anticipated to start this week, she said.- David Pugh


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