Community members shared their thoughts and suggestions Thursday on the future of Memorial Park in Swanton.
The village hosted a Memorial Park Master Plan community forum at the Swanton Community Center as input is gathered on what people would like to see in the park. Ideas ranged from basic improvements to new attractions.
Parking, restroom, signage, ball field, and tennis court improvements were discussed, as was increasing shade around the tennis court for both tennis and pickleball participants. Mayor Ann Roth had two of the more ambitious ideas for the park, suggesting a splash pad or an amphitheater.
Other suggestions included a disc golf course, more electrical power for events such as the Corn Festival, increasing drinking fountains, and enclosing a ditch near the pavilions.
The Village of Swanton is using the services of Poggemeyer Design Group of Bowling Green to help with the master plan.
The first step in the process after the forum will be to create a comprehensive list of ideas.
“Not everything that’s going to go on there is going to be feasible. There’s only so much space,” said Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle. “So that’s why we’ve engaged Poggemeyer to assist with what’s feasible, like from an engineering standpoint, what can we do.”
Village officials would then find costs for the proposed improvements before presenting them to village council members, who would decide whether to move forward.
One improvement already in the works is the renovation of the closed pavilion in the park. The remodel will include new doors, new floors, and new windows.
It is anticipated that a portion of the work will be completed before the Corn Festival, with the majority of the work done after the festival and summer leagues are complete.
There will be some repairs to the tennis courts this year as well, once the weather stabilizes.
The master plan is intended to become a critical component of future planning to ensure there is preservation while making sustainable upgrades.
At this time, there are no further community forums planned, but once the topics have been compiled into a comprehensive list a poll will be made available to village residents on the Village of Swanton Facebook page.
“The intent of the poll will to survey the community to assist in prioritizing,” said Hoelzle. “There is no set date on when the poll will be available but I anticipate by the end of spring.”