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Published: Wednesday, 11/21/2012

Committee to prepare long-term plan for Perrysburg parks

A committee is to consider long-term plans for parks in Perrysburg. Shown here is Woodlands Park. A committee is to consider long-term plans for parks in Perrysburg. Shown here is Woodlands Park.
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A review committee comprised of citizens and city officials will be formed to examine and update the long-term plan for Perrysburg's parks.

Jon Eckel, director of public services, was tasked with bringing together the group at city council's Recreation Committee meeting Monday.

"I think it's something we ought to start working on," said Joseph Lawless, council president and Recreation Committee chairman.

Mr. Eckel said that he started his position in 2001 and that the current park plan was at least five years old at that time.

Areas the new park committee should discuss include an area behind McKinley Woods and the River Road property the city obtained from John Davis.

"The city owns some land that we don't do anything with," Mr. Lawless said.

Mr. Eckel said Columbia Gas may be interested in some property on which to build a staging area for its transmission line under the Maumee River.

In other matters, the Recreation Committee introduced new appointees for the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, which will be made by Mayor Nelson Evans.

Dave Goins, an assistant coach for the Perrysburg High School varsity softball team, and Perrysburg High School football and baseball player Nick Fleming, 17, will be appointed to the council committee.

Nick said his older brother, Jake Fleming, had served on the committee. "I grew up with the parks and I thought I should keep them safe," he said.

The Recreation Committee also changed the dates of regularly scheduled meetings that fell on 2013 holidays. The January and February meetings were combined and slated for 5 p.m. Feb. 4.

The time of the committee's next meeting Dec. 17 was moved to 6 p.m. to accommodate Perrysburg Advocates for Dogs, which will address the committee on plans for a dog park in the city.

Contact Rebecca Conklin Kleiboemer at 419-356-8786,, or on Twitter @RebeccaConklinK.

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