SOLON, Ohio — The city’s Parks and Recreation Department will host the first in a series of community open houses from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. July 21 at the Solon Community Center to receive feedback on the park’s master plan. the city.
The community center is located at 35000 Portz Parkway.
The open houses are designed for residents of all ages to provide insight into Solon’s existing parks, recreation services, programs and trails, according to a city news release.
Comments on the future development of Solon community facilities, including Solon Community Park, and services will also be accepted.
“Anyone can come to the Solon Community Center for the open house,” Rich Parker, the town’s director of recreation, told the city council’s public property and safety committee on Tuesday, July 12.
“It will be very interactive. They will essentially receive fictitious money, and you can spend it as you see fit on the projects you deem important, in terms of developing or redesigning park facilities.
The community’s future will be shaped by the city and its people, Parker said.
“It’s important that we work as a team and gather as much information as possible to guide, develop and improve our city’s park facilities,” he said.
In addition to community open houses, the city is conducting an online survey focused on parks, services and recreation programs. The survey will provide essential community feedback on how city parks are used, what facilities are important, who visits the parks and more, according to the city’s website.
Parker said the city will continue to “push the polls” at open houses.
The survey is available on the city’s website, solonohio.org, and at bit.ly/solonparks. Paper-based surveys can also be picked up at Solon Community Center and Solon Senior Center.
“The polls will be released until the end of August,” Parker told the committee. “In mid-August, the steering committee will meet again and receive a preliminary report on the data collected through public engagement.
“In mid-September, the steering committee will receive a draft vision mission and some preliminary recommendations for projects to consider. This allows us to include these projects in the budgeting process.
Parker said the city has received more than 1,200 survey responses so far.
“To my knowledge, this is one of the best responses the city has ever received regarding community public inquiries,” he said. “So I think that’s very exciting, and it really demonstrates how important the park facilities are to the community.”
Parker said the city will also hold a “mini open house” to gather more feedback on the park’s master plan on day two of Solon Home Days on July 30 at Solon Community Park, 6679 SOM Center Road.
For more information, contact Parker at 440-248-5747.
Solon Home Days July 29-31
The annual Solon Home Days festival, billed by the city as a community block party, is scheduled for July 29-31 at Solon Community Park.
The City of Solon and the Parks and Recreation Department are hosting the event, scheduled for 4-10 p.m. July 29, 12-10 p.m. July 30, and 1-10 p.m. July 31.
A highlight of this year’s event will be the return of the Home Days Parade, which has not taken place for the past two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The parade will start at noon at Arthur Road School, 33425 Arthur Road, and end around 1 p.m. in front of Solon High School, 33600 Inwood Drive.
Food trucks and local vendors, as well as inflatables and other activities for children, will be available for all three days.
The event will end with a fireworks display, which has been rescheduled from July 1 to July 31. The July 1 show was postponed due to rain.
A 5K run will start at 8:15 a.m. on July 30 at the Solon Community Center, followed by a Kids Donut Dash at 9 a.m. at the Community Center.
An artisan and craft market, presented by Avant-Garde Art and Craft Shows, is scheduled from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 30 and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 31 at the park.
Other weekend highlights include a family DJ dance party from 4-8:30 p.m. on July 29 on the park’s main stage, a cornhole tournament from 6-8 p.m. on July 29, a Solon High School alumni baseball and batting contest from 2-5 p.m. July 30 and Barn Yard Petting Zoo from 1-8 p.m. July 31.
There will also be live animations by various acts, airbrush tattoos and face painting by Designs by Wendy, free caricatures by artist Ron Hill and balloon twists by Balloons by Blake .
For a full schedule of events, visit solonohio.org.
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