ZANESVILLE, Ohio- The lot that used to hold Westview Elementary has begun its construction process to become a new public park.
The Muskingum Valley Park District has been planning the park since 2018. It will be a simple and beautiful park once finished.
“We’ve been working on this project for about two years. We did receive a federal land and water conservation fund grant which is paying fifty percent of the share of this cost which is about a $300,000 project. When it’s all completed there’ll be kind of an oval walking path through the park, park benches, picnic tables, and one of the features will be there on the point of Englewood and Dresden there’ll be a gazebo.”, Muskingum Valley Park District executive director Russ Edgington told reporters.
The beautification of Muskingum County for its residents has always been a way to bring the community together. The residents of this neighborhood felt an overwhelming need for the park.
“We actually had a couple citizens come to us and say ‘hey, ya know the school, Westview Elementary School was gonna be for sale’, they asked us to purchase the property and develop it into a community park. We sent them back to say that if you want us to do this you’ve got to demonstrate that there’s an actual community need. They came back to us with thousands of signatures on petitions asking us to engage in this project.”
The park is expected to be finished by the end of the year.