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Recreation Commission Discusses Plans for Blossom Hill’s Future

The community is invited to give its feedback.

The Brecksville Recreation Commission met Monday night to discuss Blossom Hill’s future.

The proposal is just in its first stages, but the vision for the master plan is substantial. The main features proposed by the group of citizens appointed to create a long-term plan for the area on Oakes Road include a 25-meter pool and a large field house with room for an indoor turf, rubberized floor and a walking path. The recommendation for the field house is that it be built with “as much flexibility as possible,” said Joe Kosek, the chairman of the Blossom Hill Facility Development Advisory Board.

The proposal also includes a dog park and a vegetable garden, as well as new fields, pavilions, playgrounds, and lots of parking.

Mayor Jerry N. Hruby also noted that the city would like to put a cemetery on part of the property.

The advisory board was charged with designing a long-term plan for the Blossom Hill facilities. That plan is now in front of the Recreation Commission, which will examine the ideas and incorporate feedback from the community. Their suggestions will then go to City Council.

“This is a long process,” Council President Greg Skaljac told the group after the presentation.

Earlier in the meeting, Skaljac reminded the commission and the audience that this is a long-term plan that council will be able to use as a guideline. There is no money in this year’s budget for any of the proposals, so nothing is likely to happen right away. And the plan could change.

The entire proposal is online, and the city is asking residents for feedback. The commission is planning to discuss different portions of the plan at its upcoming meetings, and interested residents are encouraged to share their thoughts in that venue, too. Questions submitted to the city in advance may also be discussed at those meetings.

Here’s the schedule that commission Chairman Brian Stucky proposed for the discussions:

  • March: Field house
  • April: Pool
  • May: Other outdoor amenities, such as baseball and soccer fields, walkways, the dog park and the vegetable garden
  • July: Financing the project

The Recreation Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of every month in .

We’ll be looking further into the plan on Brecksville Patch, too. What parts of the plan are you most interested in? Tell us in the comments.

Janet Musgrave Kroll February 19, 2012 at 01:01 PM
I am really interested in the dog park. Lots of dogs in Brecksville and no close dog parks.
Constance Ritter February 20, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Without a layout of the land or map of the property it would be hard to make a completely informed decision. But knowing the basics of the acreage all ideas are good and should be reviewed. The actual site of the dog park could be on the exterior with a walking path around the property allowing the dogs exercise. The pool could share a variety of space like parking with other facilities and a field house. But things like sidewalks on Oakes need to be addressed so locals can walk their dogs and children to the park so to eleviate traffic flow and increase usuage for families.
jack kananian April 23, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I am most interested in a outdoor pool, one that would be based on a concept of a water park theme. Many municipalites currently have pools of this type, such as Middleburgh Hts, Brookpark, and Strongsville.
Rachel Abbey McCafferty April 23, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Thanks for your input, everyone!
Aaron Clark August 16, 2012 at 04:16 PM
As someone who lived on Blossom Hill from 1983-1993 and went to school there from 1981-1987 it is always disturbing to me to see what the City of Brecksville is planning on Blossom Hill. I think what has already been done there was done haphazardly to say the least. They are cutting down large trees and installing astroturf and parking lots. How many Soccer fields can one city possibly have? A waterpark next to a cemetary? This is Mr. Hrubys vision? How about making it into a REAL park with trails and leaving the trees alone. How about a place to picnic and have a beautiful view of the valley. Nope! Lets install parking lots near a dozen soccer fields so that we can haul our kids there and drop them off for an hour. This place used to be tranquil and now it's being turned into a zoo. Please think about what you're doing.

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