Sports courts among top priorities of Firestone work

Submitted photo Trustees of the Restoration and Beautification Committee gathered at Firestone Park to check the progress of the renovation of Mirror Lake: (from left) Donna Bekar, Pat Tingle, Tucker Cope, Vaughn Musser and Dawn Rance. Jan Rochette is not pictured.

COLUMBIANA — City council this week heard an update on the Firestone Park improvement project.

Pat Tingle, chairwoman of the Restoration and Beautification Committee, which is spearheading the project, said the waterfall at Mirror Lake is completed and that the primary goal for the park this year is the completion of the sports courts, which include pickleball, basketball and tennis courts.

The committee’s goal for the park in 2020 is landscaping, and Tingle introduced council to Terra Design Studios out of Pittsburgh, which will be heading up that work.

Tingle has financed the landscaping project on her own.

Cindy Tyler, professional landscape architect with Terra Design, said the company is happy to be part of the team working on the park.

“We like to hear what you have to say. We want you to recognize the park when we are done. I think the role that we can provide is updating the landscaping. Tree succession might be one thing that we would definitely suggest,” she said.

She added that the goal is to have a master plan done by August or September.

Tingle said the a core committee of people have been chosen to serve as stake holders in discussing ideas for the park improvement project.

They will meet for three days in June to go over ideas.

The committee consists of Tingle, and R&B member Vaughn Musser, park board president Dr. Ron Detwiler, park board member Nancy Tirpak, professional horticulturist Keith Kaiser, City Manager Lance Willard, Mayor Bryan Blakeman, council member Skip Liston, Lisbon landscaper Skip McCullough, longtime city employee Jay Groner, Jim Feath of HRG Inc., planning commission member Donna Bekar, and Tingle’s nephew and a representative from the Columbiana High School, who is yet to be selected.

Tingle also said there are plans to do a documentary on the landscaping and restoration of the park.

“It is just in the planning stages but I figure we are making history. A lot of things are happening out there and it would be nice to have a historical record,” Tingle said.

kwhite@mojonews.com

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