Beavercreek asking for more dollars to maintain parks

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BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – The City of Beavercreek will be asking for more money to take care of its parks this May.

On May 7, there will be a renewal levy on the ballot for the City of Beavercreek Parks, Recreation & Culture Department asking for a .9 mill renewal plus .3 mill to maintain the parks.

City leaders say the levy will cost $42 per $100,000 of assessed property value annually or $3.50 per month. The increase will cost residents $10.50 per $100,000 of assessed property value annually.

“Taking care of what we have has been the objective of the Beavercreek Parks, Recreation and Culture Department,” The City said in a release.

The current park levy provided funds for 10 playgrounds to be replaced, four of which received additional grant funding.

Lofino Plaza was renovated to support expansion for a much-needed community meeting space as well as multi-purpose room for new classes. The Senior Center also benefited from the renovation to gain additional exercise space and more room for games.

Lofino Park tennis courts were resurfaced and the skate park equipment was replaced and repaired. ADA accessible paths and new signage identifying the historic homes were installed at Wartinger Park.

Both the 9/11 Memorial and Veterans Memorial received irrigation systems to maintain the beautiful respectful sites. The park levy also allowed other park improvements such as tree plantings, playground edging, lighting and parking lot sealing and repair. All of these improvements were a result of a resident-based plan.

If approved, the City says the funding will be dedicated to fund operation maintenance and repair of city parks, recreation facilities, neighborhood parks and the Beavercreek Senior Center.

The City of Beavercreek said the levy continuance allows the City of eliminating the risk of losing more than half the revenue to operate at the current levels and stabilize the funding for the future.

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