David Paulk
Ohio.com correspondent


FAIRLAWN: The changes to Croghan Park are unfolding well Service Director Ernie Staten said.



Demolishing the old bridge was first step; the city is in the process of building a new one. He said the new bridge should be installed in the spring. Once the bridge is complete they will begin construction on a rain garden.



Staten said a rain garden will alleviate the flooding problems the park has had in the past.



“Croghan Park area floods naturally,” Staten said. “So we felt that a rain garden fit that area, you have to have a lot of water for a rain garden.”



Essentially, a rain garden is a group of plants specializing in absorbing water. Once the garden is complete the city will build a channel to transport the water into it.



Staten said the entire project will cost $172,000. He said it they have been working on it for year, but only went to council with the plans in June.



Also, during the meeting, Parks and Recreation Director Laurie Beisecker said the parks fall program guide should be complete soon. At the last Parks Board meeting, naturalist Lisa Shah explained her plans for the upcoming fall programs. Unlike the summer, she has to take into consideration the amount of school and scout programs.



Mayor William Roth was absent from the 10-minute meeting. He is still wrapping up business trip in China.