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.