Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Take a look at plans for Deerfield parks



By Erica Solvig
The Cincinnati Enquirer

DEERFIELD TWP. - The township is looking at expanding recreational opportunities to three new parks that could include hiking trails, an amphitheater, and baseball and soccer fields.

The preliminary ideas will be displayed to the public during open houses from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Thursday, and noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Snyder House, 5847 Irwin-Simpson Road.

"The public has talked about it in the past, and now that (the plans) are laid out, we want the public to come out, give their input and see if the plan is what they had thought it would be," said Tony Lavatori, parks and recreation director.

Plans for the first park, on Mason-Montgomery Road, include renovating an old barn into a theater and banquet hall.

Another park on 70 acres in Kings Mills includes the King Mansion, and could have a campground and hiking trails, Mr. Lavatori said. The township bought the property in December for $2 million.

The township purchased another 20 acres on Socialville-Foster Road for a third park in July for $560,000.

Design ideas have been discussed for several months, Mr. Lavatori said. The public offered initial ideas in November before the township hired Poggemeyer Design Group to form the plans.

E-mail esolvig@enquirer.com




TOP STORIES
Budget crisis darkens tone of Taft's inauguration
Gov. Taft's Inaugural Address
Bradley step-up called a signal
Deters, Blackwell careers advance
Plans to shore up downtown on shoestring
Fairfield gets tough on massage parlors

IN THE TRISTATE
Police launch manhunt
Heimlich's first day: Cut losses
Judge hears criminal housing cases
Kids still aren't safe enough
Mayor says criminals will continue to feel heat
Ex-worker indicted; refused to return pay
Obituary: Glenmary Brother George Sauer
Cheviot, water utility plan road project
Judge orders halt on construction
Ohio Moments
Tristate A.M. Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
PULFER: Geno the Clown
RADEL: Queen City Pride
HOWARD: Some Good News

BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Housing unit awaits result of HUD scan
State board considers contract for Oak Tree
Take a look at plans for Deerfield parks
Woman alerts residents of blaze

KENTUCKY
Defense pulls out of Craven case
Hundreds expected to explore Carter Caves in annual event
Dems raise money in N.Ky.
Lawyers: Disregard statement to police
Patton's aide has parting shots
Covington's new leaders get organized
'Investment' scheme brings arrest