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Wyandotte Park to see ballfield improvements, Master Plan

Wednesday January 23, 2008

Wyandotte Park Master Planning Continues with Jan. 31 Public Meeting

Cincinnati Reds to announce planned ballfield improvements on Jan. 27

A master planning effort for Wyandotte Park that began last year continues on Thursday, January 31, with a third public meeting to discuss park improvements. The meeting takes place at 6 p.m. in the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, located within the park at 1010 Beecher Street.

This is the third in a series of four public meetings to give citizens an opportunity to interact with Metro Parks officials and consultants from Environment Design Collaborative, the landscape architects selected for the project. The previous meetings provided the project team with the initial public input needed to begin creating design concepts. Preliminary concepts were presented and discussed at a meeting in November.

At the January 31 meeting, the design team will present more detailed park design alternatives, based on feedback received from residents at the November meeting.

“This will be a great opportunity for neighbors and other park users to view proposed improvements and to provide comments to the project team,” said Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz.

For those unable to attend the meeting, the draft master plan will soon be available for review on the project's web site -- www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/cityofparks/projects/wyandotteplanning.htm. At that site, participants can also sign up for an e-mail notification list for future meetings, view information about the project as it proceeds, and offer written feedback to the project team.

The planning effort was made possible with $85,000 in funding that was provided by Mayor Jerry Abramson and Metro Councilwoman Marianne Butler in the city's capital budget. A portion of those funds will also be used to begin implementing the master plan once it’s finalized. The project is part of Abramson’s City of Parks initiative to expand and improve the city’s park system.

Cincinnati Reds to Invest in Wyandotte Park

In addition to the master planning project, the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to work with Metro Parks to improve youth baseball fields in Wyandotte Park. An announcement on the Reds’ involvement will take place in the park at noon on Sunday, January 27.

Last year, the Cincinnati Reds partnered with Metro Parks to improve youth baseball fields in Shawnee Park.

Wyandotte Park is a 25-acre park at Taylor Boulevard and Beecher Street that was originally designed in 1935. It currently includes tennis and basketball courts, a picnic shelter, restrooms, a playground, a walking path, baseball fields and an indoor croquet court. The park also has an old outdoor swimming pool that was permanently closed after the 2006 summer season because of significant structural failures.