Tipp City looks at future of parks: Can pool and splash pad co-exist?

TIPP CITY – More than 500 people responded to a Tipp City parks and recreation survey, and now city staff will work to figure out what it means, and what changes might be made.

The survey was drawn up by the city staff and the city Parks Advisory Board and conducted over several months with hopes of obtaining as much input as possible to help with updating the city parks master plan, said City Manager Tim Eggleston.

City residents were asked to answer questions, including the following: “What change or changes would you like to see in Kyle Park, City Park or a neighborhood park located near you?”

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The Parks Advisory Board was told last summer hopes were at least 300 responses from people of all ages would be received.

Although consultants were used to draw up the city’s last parks master plan, Eggleston said the city staff said it would help update the information and plan to help save money.

The basic numbers from the survey shared with the parks board showed the survey was answered by 113 people ages 13-19; 33 ages 20-29; 137 ages 30-39; 75 ages 40-49; 66 ages 50-59; 64 ages 60-69; 43 ages 70-79; and 22 by those age 80 or older.

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The survey was answered by 525 people who identified themselves as Tipp City residents; five from Vandalia; three from Bethel Twp.; six from Monroe Twp.; one from New York state; two from Miami County; and one to three from Huber Heights, New Carlisle, Troy and Minster.

Among features survey respondents said they’d like the city to offer were additional restrooms in Kyle Park; more infant/toddler play equipment; a free splash pad; shade and a dog water fountain at the dog park; updated play equipment; more water fountains and updated city pool. The Family Aquatic Center opened in 2005 at City Park.

Additional discussions will be held once more analysis of input is complete.

One item briefly discussed was the suggestion of the city offering a free splash pad in addition to the offerings at the aquatic center.

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“Are you shooting yourself in the foot?” Eggleston said of having both the aquatic center and the splash pad.

“If there are certain things you’d like to see as a priority, we’d like to know as we pull the information together,” Eggleston said.

Some projects could be funded through the city’s capital improvements program and larger projects using the city’s special income tax that voters will be asked to renew in a couple of years.

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