Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — Setting a coherent plan for managing the utility of Rotary Park will be an ongoing process for the Village Planning Board, which began it’s considerations on the park Tuesday.
The planning board has been tasked by the village with creating guidelines for what can be added to the at-times cramped downtown park and what should not be added, policies that haven’t been adequately settled.
”There was a feeling expressed that it would be nice to have a management plan for the park,” Codes Enforcement Officer Marty Busch said. “There are situations where (requests to use the park) catch the board unaware. This would give them something that can be fair for everyone.”
A lot of additions have been made to the park in recent years, from new trees to a Victorian-style clock, and a lot will go into figuring out how to fit the priorities of the many groups who have an interest in the park in the board’s plan.
Representatives of not only the Rotary Club, which worked with the village to build the park 30 years ago; but also the Decorate Medina Committee, Time for Medina Clock Committee, Medina Business Association and Village Board weighed in on the board’s initial discussion.
Although the details of their board’s recommendation are not expected to be finalized for several months, there were some issues that are largely agreed upon.
First among them is that the addition of any new large-scale monuments or structures should be avoided. Busch said that projects like the 9/11 memorial stone, which was added to the back corner of the park this fall, would fit better in underused parks like the one on Pine Street.
The idea of moving the park’s original gazebo back up from canal basin or building a new one was also received with no enthusiasm, as board members’ stated priority is to retaining the existing green space in the park.