AVON LAKE, Ohio — About 45 folks got here to a public assembly on the Avon Lake Public Library Sept. 5 to listen to plans and supply enter on renovating the Avon Lake Play House (ALPS) at Bleser Park on Electrical Boulevard.
Residents Brian Sapin and Emory Kopin gave a presentation on ALPS, its previous and its potential future. Feedback after the presentation indicated common approval for the renovation.
Sapin and Kopin each have youngsters who play on the park. They acknowledged the necessity for some motion at ALPS.
Kopin, having labored within the development and carpentry industries, stated: “I do know supplies effectively. Wooden and its fasteners, and even pressure-treated lumber, simply begin to put on. We’ve gotten to that time.”
Sapin quoted an inspection completed final yr that ALPS is “a well-used attraction with robust connection to the group.”
He famous that ALPS “serves a whole lot of children every single day and might be essentially the most used park within the metropolis. Nothing is unsafe at the moment, although. The body is in fine condition, however the wooden is turning into dry and splintered. They suggest changing or rebuilding on 44 of 49 inspection factors.”
To rehabilitate ALPS as a substitute of rebuilding would price within the vary of $160,000 to $185,000 and, Sapin stated, “would perhaps give us 5 extra years of life.”
Kopin added, “And that doesn’t think about labor prices.”
Each agreed that a bigger problem looms: ADA compliance — referring to the Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1990. To rebuild or renovate the playground simply because it is wouldn’t be compliant with ADA requirements.
The underside line of the report, stated Sapin, is that alternative is really useful.
“We would like your enter,” Sapin advised the viewers. “What would you prefer to see right here in ALPS? We’re solely going to do that as soon as — for the remainder of our kids’s childhoods and even our grandchildren.”
Kopin added, “We wish to do it proper and do it massive, to be one thing to be pleased with.”
Viewers feedback mirrored a way of satisfaction within the present playground, however most agreed it’s time to make a plan to switch ALPS. A relentless theme was a playground providing accessibility for all youngsters, no matter capability. Sapin and Kopin added a present development they’re seeing: multi-generational playgrounds.
Feedback and solutions included:
• “I’ve two boys in wheelchairs. I’ve all the time been pissed off by swings.”
• “I just like the type of ‘citadel’ theme of ALPS. Can you retain the fantasy really feel? Newer issues appear to be extra unimaginative.”
• “… not only a stark playground.”
• “I’ve a toddler with autism. We simply don’t go to locations which are huge open. A fence would imply a lot.”
• “I wish to see imaginative play areas like water play.”
• “I wish to see areas only for toddlers.”
• “In parks, there may be not a lot for me to really play with my youngsters.”
• “Have native artists take part with grants for art work throughout the fencing.”
As for price, Sapin stated the Lakewood Park fashion that many favor price “just below $400,000” and different parks they researched in the US and Canada have gone as excessive as a number of million .
“We are going to look to a number of streams of funding, resembling grants,” Sapin stated, “and donations from stakeholders and sponsors.”
Mayor Greg Zilka introduced up the paving bricks venture that was a fundraiser for the primary constructing of ALPS. He stated he wish to maintain the present bricks and promote new ones for the venture.
“We acquired our first donation, which was within the quantity of $19,000, from the Avon Lake Bicentennial Fee, particularly for the aim of adaptive tools,” Sapin stated. “We’re honored the fee has entrusted us with this beneficiant present. We really feel it becoming that an effort that did a lot to rejoice Avon Lake and its historical past is now investing its assets in the neighborhood’s youngsters and its future.”
What’s subsequent? Sapin stated: “Anybody who was unable to attend the assembly can share their ideas and concepts about the way forward for ALPS in an internet survey. The survey is 15 questions whole and might be accomplished in as little as 5 minutes ,though there are qualitative solutions that folks can spend extra time on if they need.”
The survey is obtainable at bit.ly/RenewALPS. The tackle is case-sensitive.
Sapin famous within the public assembly that greater than 600 volunteers helped to construct the unique ALPS.
“It’s wonderful what can occur when a group works collectively,” he stated.
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