Residents provide input on Firestone Park upgrades

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COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WKBN) – Plans are in the works for a major improvement project at the Harvey Firestone Park in Columbiana.

On Monday, residents got the chance to give their input on the plan. An online survey was conducted earlier this year, and some of the top suggestions included building a walking trail, dog park and making improvements to Mirror Lake to include fishing and ice skating.

The city’s Restoration and Beautification Committee is in charge of the project to make approximately $3.1 million in upgrades to the park. The committee said it was important to have community input on the project, as the plan should reflect the community’s goals and needs for the park.

The committee has also said the goal of the master plan is to bring the park into the 21st Century, while preserving the historic “living landscape” of the park and its many iconic features.

As part of the project, safety improvements would also be made.

“We are looking at extensive pedestrian improvements to provide sidewalks, handicapped accessible paths to many of our existing facilities. Many of the existing facilities are to remain and be rehabilitated,” said Jim Feath, senior landscape architect who is working on the plan.

The project would be funded solely by grants and donations. A fundraising campaign will kick off shortly, and improvements would be made as the money becomes available.

It could take anywhere from five to 15 years to complete all of the upgrades.

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