City of Warren Preparing for Playground Projects at Two Parks | News, Sports, Jobs
WARREN – Members of City Council have approved unique style playground projects in Packard and Perkins Parks.
On Wednesday, Council approved publicity for proposals and the conclusion of a contract for the design and construction of a natural play area at Perkins Park, and for the design and installation of a play area and of a preschool shooting range for Packard Park. Bankshot is a revision of basketball where the hoops are eight feet off the ground and laid out in a certain way.
Mayor Doug Franklin said the projects are designed to provide children with more opportunities for outdoor activities. Design and feasibility studies will be completed on the projects and reviewed by the board for final project cost approval.
Projects include designing a new play space, removing and disposing of existing playground features, site excavation and installing new equipment. The nature playground will be set up where a tree fell in Perkins Park.
Officials are seeking grants through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Project Supplementary Funds administered by the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments. Funds are collected from entities that do not comply with environmental laws and are resolved through settlement agreements.
Seventh Ward Councilman Ron White said there were dugouts and fields in Packard Park that also needed tending.
“We have two beautiful parks in the middle of the city where work needs to be done”, he said.
In other business, the council approved entering into a partnership with the Warren Redevelopment and Planning Corporation (WRAP) to help the city manage more than $28 million in federal funds it receives.
WRAP will assist the city in the management and administration of US bailout funds to help businesses in Warren.
Michael Keys, the city’s director of community development, said the funds will go to local businesses that have already applied. Keys said the funds were to make businesses more visually appealing, clean up building facades and make other aesthetic improvements such as painting, landscaping and new signage.
The council is now discussing how ARP funds can be allocated to each council member for their ward. Officials said there were more than 114 business applicants.
Additionally, Safety Department Director Eddie Colbert said the city’s agreement with the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) for a dynamic community grant will help the city implement energy savings. and energy infrastructure.
The city is seeking a grant of $75,000 for projects related to energy and LED lighting.
Colbert said the city can replace the current lights with LED lights and also make landscaping improvements to the town hall and municipal building.