By Jim Krencik
Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — A shorthanded village planning board has laid the groundwork for substantial new guidelines for Rotary Park’s design and usage.
The planning board has met with many of the groups that have a hand in the small but frequently used downtown park, but Tuesday’s board meeting was the first time village officials have put their ideas on paper.
Among the notable proposals made during the work session were the removal of memorials honoring local servicemen and the victims of the 9/11 parks to other parks — Pine Street Park for the 9/11 stone and the greenspace in front of City Hall for the servicemen sign — and including the East Center Street alley next to the park as part of the park.
The suggestions largely focused on de-cluttering and simplifying the greenspace for its intended use.
”It’s not a performance space, it’s a park,” Codes Enforcement Officer Marty Busch said late in the talks.
Busch said the whole board — only Board Chairman Chris Busch, Vice Chairman John Dieter and Village Historian and board member Todd Bensley were present Tuesday — will discuss a draft of the park plan next month. The final proposals could reach the village board for approval in April.
Many of the concepts won’t prove controversial when they come before a full board, as they align with views expressed at the board’s January meeting.
Bensley said there should be a moratorium on new structures in the park. In addition to the memorials, an ornate clock, the Santa Claus house, along with trees and benches fill out the park.
Dieter said the village’s tree board should continue to have control over the park’s vegetation. That board has developed a pruning and planting plan for the park.
Other in-the-works ideas are more detailed guidelines for event signage, applications for use of the park and restrictions on skateboarding and ball playing.Contact reporter Jim Krencik at 798-1400, ext. 6327.