JUNCTION — Visitors to the Five Span area may have seen some improvements going on at a popular park.
The Paulding County Park District and Friends of the Paulding County Park District have started stage one of improvements to the Five Span Park this week.
“Stage one we are doing right now so we can put in a dock,” said Linda Hodges, treasurer of the Friends organization. She said work needed to be done on the embankment prior to the dock being installed.
“Since Five Span seems to be used the most of any of our parks, we thought we’d go about getting that updated,” she added.
A crew has been out at the site preparing the site using an excavator. There also has been prep work for a larger swing to be placed at the park.
Hodges said that money from the Paulding County Area Foundation and donations are being used for the swing and improvements. The groups had hoped to have all of the improvements done before July 4, but weather prevented that from happening.
“Everything with the rain is behind,” Hodges said. “We hope it (the dock and swing) will be in by fall.”
Stage 2 of the project is further down the road and would include a pavilion, shelter house or gazebo at the site. Funding, however, is an issue.
The friends group is the fundraising arm for the park district. In the spring, the group held a kayak raffle to raise money for park improvements.
“It got us a couple thousand dollars,” said Hodges. “Everything helps. We work on a very tight budget. The park board and Friends are aware of that. Time and materials are donated for items, but we had to have a professional do the river bank (at Five Span). Jim Pendegrass is giving us a good deal. It’s great how people are helping to make this happen.”
Community members are welcome to come make things happen on Monday as well. Volunteers will be meeting at Fort Brown (County Road 171, north of Melrose) at 9:30 a.m. to clean the area. Members of the Friends of the Park, Oakwood Gleaners and others will be taking part in the clean-up that is being held in memory of Helen Maddock, a former Friends member.
Crews are hoping to clean up the area to allow individuals to utilize the canoe launch better. Volunteers are asked to bring tools including gloves, rakes and other items to work.
Those wishing to give monetarily to help the park to help with projects, not only at Five Span but other county park areas such as New Rochester, also may help.
For those who want to donate to help the park district, the Friends group is a 501©3 organization. For more information, call 419-594-3659 or send donations to the Friends of the Paulding Parks District, P.O. Box 102, Oakwood 45873.