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Holmes County Park District covers many topics

By KEVIN LYNCH Staff Writer Published: June 3, 2017 5:00 AM

MILLERSBURG -- An update on the Glenmont to Brinkhaven project, swimming pool and the old fairgrounds were some of the topics covered at the recent Holmes County Park District meeting.

Rails to Trails update

The Glenmont to Brinkhaven project is well underway.

The expansion of the Rails to Trail began more than a month ago, and lots of work has been accomplished.

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"They are wrapping up preliminary grading and within the next week or so, will be shutting down County Road 75 to Brinkhaven, that stretch of the trail for final grading and putting the limestone in, and start working on the asphalt," Holmes County Park District Director Jen Halverson said. "Once that is wrapped up, they will flip to the other side and work on County Road 75 north to Glenmont. It's moving along, per the contract. We've got an end date of Sept. 30."

Crissey Memorial Pool update

The park district has purchased a few new items for the pool this year. "We have been able to secure donations to fund those purchases," Halverson said. "We have purchased new umbrellas, helped by Bill and Sue Earney and Ruth and John Waltman. We are purchasing a sound system and WKLM has donated funds to cover the cost of the system."

A Lions Club and Millersburg Rotary donation has also covered the installation of two new shade structures at the pool.

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"That's been a huge thing for people at the pool, asking for more shade, good shade," Halverson said. "We're addressing that with two new structures and brand new umbrellas."

The pool is scheduled to open on Saturday, May 27. Swim lessons went on sale several weeks ago, and by the end of the first day, 70 kids had already signed up for lessons.

"It's safe to say, we're now sitting at close to 100 kids registered for swim lessons," Halverson said. "That has been going great."

The pool will be open Monday through Saturday, 1 to 7 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 6 p.m.

Daily rates are: 2 years old ad younger, free; preschool (3-4) $3; students (5-17), $4; seniors (65+), $4; and adults (18-64), $5.

Tax funds

Basically, every two years, park districts in Ohio have the opportunity to receive a small percentage of gas tax dollars within their county to use for driveways, parking lots and roads within their properties.

"We've used this several times in the county, most recently to redo the pool parking," Halverson said. "This resolution says we want to participate in the next round. The pool will remain our priority, working on the north-side parking lot.

"We get these dollars every two years and our pot is relatively small," she added. "We usually have to hold on for a few rounds before we can afford to do any real projects."

Lake Park

A group of volunteer property managers who have been taking care of Lake Park have retired and no new people have stepped up. They want it to remain a public park for the community, and the park district and West Holmes School Board are in discussion about transitioning the property.

Bridge project update

Nothing new on the bridge; Halverson has applied for a grant from Natural Resource Assistance Council (NRAC) and is waiting on clarification of a few points. The grant is for approximately $300,000, but it could be September before she hears any more.

Old Fairgrounds

The board discussed taking down remaining buildings at the old fairgrounds. After the recent auction, Halverson said people are doing a good job of taking what they paid for. "Hopefully we'll see those last few piles disappear soon."

She said the Boy Scouts are still interested in using part of the grounds back by the llama barn for camping.

"The horseman's council has reached out to us about installing some primitive trails, snaking around the boundary," Halverson said.

Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or klynch@the-daily-record.com.


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