Euclid seeking funding to aid in parks plans – The News-Herald


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The City of Euclid has plans to continue to restore city parks and enhance their playgrounds.
Patrick Grogan-Myers, director of planning and development, said that the vision of the city’s master plan is to improve parks and recreation to enhance the quality of the city and residents’ quality of life.
The initiative to restore Euclid city parks was largely in part due to feedback from the community as many citizens called for the restoration of the park system.

“We are being guided by the master plan and the feedback by residents saying that they need to invest in their public parks, recreational amenities and public playgrounds.” Grogan-Myers said. “Our master plan started with a broad-based community feedback model, and …asked the community what they want to see within the city in the next few years. One of the things we saw a strong desire to achieve was a reinvestment in our parks and our greenways.”
In 2021 Grogan-Myers and the city ran an inventory of their public parks and playgrounds to determine the quality of their playground equipment. From there the city established a list determining which playgrounds were under the highest priority to receive a facelift.
“Based on that list and working with city council, we approved a series of park playgrounds to be replaced,” Grogan-Myers said. “We have just recently opened the new playground for Hero Park with our next plan to renovate the playground at Heritage Park.”
Grogan-Myers is currently working to secure funds from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources so that the Heritage Park playground can be constructed.
“What we have done this year to move things along is we have applied to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for approximately $150,000 to replace Heritage Park,” he said. “We are pursuing a different funding route for Heritage Park because a different opportunity did come up, but our playground improvement program will continue in the future.”
A decision on the funding won’t be received until October.
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