Beverly Cleverly and her husband Richard are longtime residents of Beavercreek and live across from the park location. The couple are avid hikers and enjoy the town’s nature programs and summer concerts.
“We don’t have grandkids anymore, but anything that’s good for kids is good for us,” Beverly said.
Brad Arledge and Lukas Schweikert, college cross-country coaches at Beavercreek, said they would like to see an unpaved course for their athletes. Currently, the cross-country team trains by doing laps at Ankeney Park.
The extent to which the park is developed rather than left as natural green space depends on both funding and what residents want to see, City Manager Pete Landrum said. Currently, the park has no money dedicated to its development, and this funding should be part of future grant opportunities or budget cycles.
The city hopes to have the master plan completed by the end of the year.
A second public park meeting will be held Nov. 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Lofino Plaza meeting room at 3868 Dayton Xenia Road, Beavercreek. The city will also post polls and encourage residents to express their interests using FlashVote.