Walker Wood Improvements

Freedom Trail Elementary VoteNovember 2, 2013

Distribution: Olentangy, Lewis Center, Powell, Westerville, Delaware

Freedom Trail Elementary Students Select Playground for the Orange Township Walker Wood Improvements

On September 20, 2010 the Walker Wood Homeowner's Association donated a 5 acre parcel of land to Orange Township. Earlier this year, the Orange Township Trustees gave the approval to develop park improvements across from the Delaware County Sheriff police substation. Over the years, this parcel has mainly been used by local sports teams as a practice field. The construction is currently funded and approved for construction of the parking lot, internal trail, field grading, sidewalks and a detention area. The shelter and playground are not included in the current construction budget and will be allocated based on the anticipated revenue for 2014. The budget for the playground equipment is $80,000. The Orange Township Park department also obtains grants whenever possible.

The Orange Township Community Park Board (OTCPB) recommended that the students of Freedom Trail Elementary in the Olentangy School district select the playground that they would like to have, since many of the students live close to the property. Randee Masciola, Vice Chair of the OTCPB, and Teresa Johnson, Alternate/Recording Secretary of the OTCPB, shared the three playground options with the students during recess on October 31, 2013.

The enthusiasm expressed by the students was unbelievable! They were so happy that they would have a facility that their parents could take them to. Many students said that their siblings practiced at the location on a weekly basis and it would give them something to do while they waited for the practice to be over. They were also relieved to find out that it didn't cost them any money to vote!

Randee Masciola, Teresa Johnson and Beth Hugh, Orange Township Maintenance and Parks Director, were present for the vote during lunch on Friday, November 1, 2013.

546 Freedom Trail students participated in the voting process. The election results were as follows:

  • Option A received 36% (198 votes). This design features a 6 ft dualing wave slide, vine climbers, a 6 ft tube slide with talk tube and a rock wall.
  • Option B received 32% (173 votes). This design features a rope course, 6 ft spiral slide, a large spider web, and vine climbers.
  • Option C received 32% (175 votes). This playground design features an inclined web crawler, dualing wave zip slide and a double vine climber.

The children gained valuable knowledge and experience on how important the voting process is and that every vote counts! The votes were very close!

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