Genoa Ribbon Cutting at McNamara Park
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Last Tuesday (August 7) evening was National Night Out, a nationwide event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, while strengthening neighborhood spirit and community-policing partnerships.
During Genoa Township’s National Night Out celebration, the Genoa trustees held a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony that officially opens McNamara Park following a major upgrade.
The park upgrade includes expanded parking (over 250 spaces), a 15-acre addition, three fitness stations, an additional 1.5 miles in trails and a new entrance on South Old 3C Highway.
“We’re very pleased the residents support parks in our township,” said trustee Karl Gebhardt. “This work was done during one of the wettest springs in Ohio history, and it’s ironic that now we’re in the middle of a drought; but we appreciate our staff who did a lot of the work to keep costs down.”
Gebhardt said he encourages Genoa Township residents to donate a tree or a park bench in honor of, or memory of, loved ones as part of the further development of McNamara Park.
Township administrator Paul Wise said there is still work to do at McNamara Park.
“Tables and benches will be added over the next couple of weeks, then we’ll play it by ear,” Wise said. “Our pavilion is very popular; we’ll be adding some other smaller pavilions so people can use them. We don’t have a park levy so we have to pace ourselves and make additions to our township parks as we have the money.”