Parks

The city of Beavercreek is looking forward to fixing up some of its parks.

A recently passed property tax levy is expected to bring in $1.1 million this year to the parks and recreation department. Interim Parks Superintendent Kim Farrell says some of the parks are getting a little run down.

“We have a few playgrounds that have kind of out-lived what the industry standards state,” she said. “And so now we’re going to be able to replace those playgrounds instead of taking them out and just having a dust ball.”

Jerry Kenney

Dayton’s Five Rivers MetroParks played a key role in developing a new set of national guidelines aimed at helping communities create natural, outdoor play areas for children. The report, Nature Play & Learning Places: Creating and Managing Places Where Children Engage with Nature, released last month by the National Wildlife Federation, features the children’s park at Hills and Dales Metropark.

Clark County voters approved a sixth-tenths mill parks levy on Tuesday, as unofficial results show the levy passed with 57% of the vote.

The levy was an attempt to generate money to fund maintenance of green space, parks and bike trails throughout Clark County.  The parks levy will generate annually $1 million for the National Trail and Parks Recreation District and the Clark County Parks District, the two groups responsible for the maintenance of the parks in Clark County.

The levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $21 per year.