The Tree House Village Plans Are HERE!!

Shadow Play

Park Levy (ISSUE 20) on November 4 ballot supports Owens Place
Phase II -- The Tree House Village

WHO VOTES ON THIS LEVY (ISSUE 20)?
This issue will be voted on by City Of Beavercreek residents, Township residents, and a small number of residents who reside in Fairborn who also happen to be located within the Township's borders. Basically, if you get to vote on school district issues, you get to vote on this issue.

WHY THE PARK LEVY?
The levy provides the funding to construct a special play area for special needs kids and their families and all others. According to the Beavercreek School District, there are 1180 school age children designated as special needs. The play area is universally designed meaning kids of all abilities and skills will be able to use it. Special need adults will find it enjoyable as well. Right now, nothing like this exists in Beavercreek. With a decrease in recent fundraising and the number of organizations applying for grants increasing, the Park District's Board of Commissioners decided to put a levy on the November 4 , 2014 General Election to see if the citizens would agree to fund this phase through a small (0.3 mills) levy for one year. 0.3 mills amounts to $10.50 for each $100,000 valuation. This millage would cost the owner of a $200,000 house a one time payment of $21 and it would enable construction to begin and end in 2015. No waiting around for years of fund raising to meet the needs of this currently underserved group.

WHERE WILL THE TREE HOUSE PLAY AREA BE LOCATED?
The Village is located In Victory Park which is accessed through the Rotary Park entrance. Victory Park is owned and operated by the Beavercreek Township Park District, a separate taxing entity under Ohio Revised Code Section 511 with jurisdiction over both the unincorporated areas of Beavercreek Township and Incorporated areas, including the City of Beavercreek and parts of Fairborn.

WHAT WILL THE TREE HOUSE VILLAGE PLAY AREA LOOK LIKE AND COST?
Called the Tree House Village, this play area challenges the imagination in a natural, well- shaded setting. It is not a playground of swings and metal slides like you see at the other playgrounds in Beavercreek. This play area is now fully designed and you can view the plans along with a narrative by clicking the links above. The play area was designed by POD Designs, a landscape architectural firm located in Columbus , Ohio. They estimate the construction costs at $464,500--this includes a contingency fund for un expected problems when they arise.

DO YOU EXPECT THIS PLAY AREA TO BE USED?
The Park District expects the Tree House Village play area to be heavily used and that it will supplement Shoup Park as a lunchtime favorite due to its shady areas and the accessibility of the gazebo, small shelters and permanent restroom facility. Additionally, there are plenty of parking spaces. There are many different activities already going on at Victory and Rotary Parks, such as youth soccer and softball. The treehouse area will provide another option for the siblings of children playing team sports in other areas of the park. Most importantly, it gives families the opportunity to enjoy the park together-regardless of physical or mental ability.

WHO PAID FOR THE DESIGN SEEN AT WWW.OWENSPLACE.ORG ?
All design fees have been paid for by the Owen's Place Committee (a charitable organization affiliated with the Greene County Community Foundation) using funds they have accumulated through various fund raisers and grants they obtained. As another note, all work so far on Owen's Place has been paid for the Owen's Place Committee-not a cent of taxpayer money has been used.

HOW WILL OPERATIONAL REPAIR NEEDS BE FUNDED?
The Park District and The Owens Place Committee have an agreement that the Committee will pay for all operational repair/replacement costs and they will set aside a special endowment account for this purpose.

WHAT ABOUT THE CITY"S PARK LEVY--HOW DOES THAT FIT IN?
The City levy is for 0.9Mills for five years and it does not include any provisions for the Tree House Village play area---it does provide the funding needed to maintain and upkeep the parks owed by the City as well as the Senior Center. The Park District levy is for one year only at a rate of 0.3 mills and it is primarily targeted at the underserved special need skids and their families. The Park District is fully supportive of the City's Levy.

IF I WANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION--WHO DO I CONTACT?
Send an email to
chairman@beavercreekparks.org and an answer will be provided.

 

 

Last Update: 8/28/2014