Tuesday, June 25, 2002

Gift to double Monroe parkland

By Michael D. Clark, mclark@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MONROE — This city's parkland will double tonight thanks to the generosity of a local company.

        Officials from Monroe-based Baker Concrete Construction Inc. will publicly unveil a 55-acre green space donation at tonight's City Council meeting.

        Near 990 Cincinnati-Dayton Road east of the Todhunter Road intersection, the and will become a sports park with soccer fields, baseball diamonds and other recreational features, city officials said.

        The rapidly growing city, which straddles the Butler-Warren county border, has experienced a boom in residential and commercial development in recent years while its green space — consisting largely of the 55-acre Community Park — has remained the same.

        City Manager Donald Whitman said the new sports park will double the city's recreational green space and improve the quality of life for its more than 7,500 residents.

        “This will be great for us as we continue to grow. The current park is being used to the max, and there was a need for additional park space,” he said.

        “Baker has always been very community oriented. It's an excellent gift.”

        The park, which is not yet named, is expected to open in either fall 2003 or spring 2004, he said.

        Jeff Arnold, vice president for Baker, will represent the Baker family at tonight's announcement of the park donation.

        Mr. Arnold said the family's gift to the city reflects an appreciation of city officials' work with the company since it located its headquarters in Monroe 12 years ago.

        “It's a good thing to do for the future generations of Monroe,” said Mr. Arnold.


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