Scioto County has big plans for a new park at the Greenup Dam that include a multi-use path, accessible playground, and more. While the lease with the Army Corp of Engineers hasn’t been signed yet, Scioto County Commissioners Chairman Scottie Powell is feeling confident. “Right now we have a letter permitting us to go on the property, start planning projects, and their intent to lease.”
Powell thinks the lease will likely be finalized sometime this month and he’s working with park manager Bryan Howard to decide which projects to tackle first. “We have to get the restroom facilities operational, some work to the shelter houses, etc.”
Powell says an accessible playground is also a priority and they’re researching the options now. However, there’s no firm timeline for buying and installing playground equipment. Powell does say the goal is for the park to be usable sometime this year.
Also in the plan is a 7-mile multi-use loop designation for Kenyon Road. Powell says GreenTownship trustees already have the road on their paving schedule. Trustees will work with commissioners to make sure there are signs to let motorists know to look out for pedestrians and bikers.
Powell said the county is looking at a mix of American Recovery Act funds and ODNR Grants to pay for the work. ARPA funds are also being used for a new recreational space in Lucasville. Powell hopes it will provide a safe location for non-profits to hold 5 and 10K walks and runs.
The commissioner says facilities like the park make the area more attractive to businesses looking to open up shops in the area. “Of course, we could also see more tourism as the River Camp on Kenyon Expands their offerings. It isn’t unreasonable to think that those visitors will take advantage of this space as well.”
He said the ultimate goal is to create a safe, fun, and unique park experience that is accessible for all residents and visitors.
Powell said there could also be opportunities for entrepreneurs like a tackle and bait shop or businesses that cater to runners and bikers. “It is our job to create the infrastructure to spur that investment from the private sector.”