At the last Circleville Township meeting, Fiscal Officer Brenda Palm asked the Township to permit her to apply for a grant from the Pickaway County Park District. According to Tom Davis, the Parks Director, five, $5,000 grants are available to cities, villages, and township within the County. The grants were upgraded from the previous year’s $1000 limit, thanks to a Pickaway County Parks levy that passed in the Fall of 2017. Davis said that it takes a while for the full funds to be available from the new levy, and he expects the grants to be much higher next year.
The Township Trustees, Robert Kuhlwein, Ernest R. Enoch, and Dale E. Bower voted to grant Palm the authority she needed to apply for the grants. In the previous meeting on April 2nd, Davis (Park Director) and Tom Spring discussed funding options for the Township’s parks. Spring has previous experience applying for state grants for local parks.
Palm said that the grant request will focus on improving the Logan Elm Village Park located between Tarlton Road and Logan Elm Village. She said, “I wrote one grant to add dusk to dawn lighting at the playground to discourage vandalism. I also included repairs of equipment that can be saved and safe ground covering.”
The township is also looking at a 3.3 acre piece of ground that sits north of Logan Elm Village that was left to the township by RCA specifically for park use. It used to be a crop field and would need basic improvements, like rolling, before it could be used recreationally. Palm said, “Lighting and water accessibility are high priority. Ernie Enoch will use his landscaping knowledge to see what needs to be done to get it level and ready for layout of dog areas, shelter house and paths. Bob Kuhlwein is getting estimates from SCP and Earnhart Hill to begin moving ahead.”
In order to show the Township and County that local residents are vested in having good local parks, neighbors organized a cleanup day that coincided with Earth day on April 22nd. Over 25 people, including children, gathered at the park to collect almost a dozen partially filled bags of trash. Shawn Jenkins, a Logan Elm Village resident said, “It was worse by the road, of course.” He brought in the most garbage with an almost full bag.
The Village folks were excited and thankful to have the County and Township talking about the park again. Mindi Brown, the event’s organizers said, “It’s been almost 15 years since a major investment was made in the park, and families enjoyed coming together on this perfect day.” She said that everybody wanted to show the Township and County that the people want to take care of the park, and it’s worth investing in. The group signed a thank-you card for the township officials for taking action to improve the park.
Trash bags and gloves were provided by the The Ross, Pickaway, Highland, Fayette Solid Waste District. Brown took before and after pictures and submitted them as part of the district’s “Earth Day Cleanup.”