In late April, the Park District officially took ownership of the Hithergreen site! The property is now owned by the Park District to convert into a public, neighborhood park.
Park conversion approximate timeline
- May – demolition specifications completed
- Early June – opening competitive bids for demolition of the building and parking lots
- Mid-June – demolition start date should be finalized. Current plans allow for demolition and basic site restoration of 150-day completion specification (approximately mid-June to mid-November)
- Mid-summer – park planning consultant engaged
- Late-summer – neighborhood engagement process to develop a concept plan based on neighbors’ vision.
- October – re-seeding of damaged, re-graded portions of the site
- December – Park Board will approve a budget for park development for work that will be done in 2020
When a contractor for demolition is hired, and work is permitted by the County and Township, a more specific timeline will be created.
CWPD will utilize the engagement process used and refined by Willowbrook Park and Pelbrook Park neighbors in 2018-19.
The new, 51st park for the community comes from a cooperative venture between Washington Township and the Centerville-Washington Park District. The two agencies created a plan and applied for an Ohio Public Works “Clean Ohio” grant to fund the majority of the project. The total grant amount was for $558,000, which represents 75% of the project cost.