Revitalization Ahead: Lancaster Park Set to Undergo Transformation

Residents of Obetz, Ohio, prepare for an exciting journey as our beloved Lancaster Park, the heart of our town, gears up for an ambitious remodel! Mayor Kirk and the City of Obetz Council are thrilled to announce a multi-phase revitalization plan aimed to inject a fresh breath of vitality, fun, and increased accessibility into our community park.

Phase One: Enhancing Play and Accessibility

Beginning in the fall of 2023, we will usher in a new era of play for Lancaster Park. You asked, we listened – five state-of-the-art pickleball courts will be installed, meeting the growing popularity of this fun, intergenerational sport. We’re also introducing permanent stations for beloved games like cornhole, foosball, ping pong, chess, checkers, and Connect 4. We envision a park where you can challenge your neighbors to a friendly game or two, fostering camaraderie and friendly competition within the community.

Additionally, we’re paving a new parking area to accommodate more visitors. In our vision for a walkable, accessible setting, we’re creating integrated seating areas throughout the park where you can relax, enjoy a picnic, or simply soak in the vibrant atmosphere.

Phase Two: The Streetscape Revamp

As we step into the spring of 2024, the transformation extends beyond the park boundaries. We’re redesigning and repaving Lancaster Avenue with new integrated sidewalks on the west and a fresh bike path on the east. Our residents will enjoy safer, more efficient routes for pedestrians and cyclists alike.

Further, we’ll be ‘undergrounding’ utilities to improve the visual aesthetics and reliability of services, installing new street lighting for enhanced safety during night-time, setting up new crosswalks, and erecting a new perimeter fencing. Lancaster Park’s surroundings will mirror its inviting, well-cared-for, and community-focused ethos.

A Collaborative Vision: Obetz Partners with The Edge Group

In this exciting endeavor, the City of Obetz is proud to announce its collaboration with The Edge Group, an award-winning design firm known for its innovative and sustainable approach to urban spaces. By combining their expertise with our community’s unique identity and aspirations, we are bringing to life a park design that not only enhances the enjoyment of our residents but also boosts the environmental resilience of our town.

Imagining Our Future Park: Conceptual Drawings

To give you a taste of what’s to come, we’re delighted to share some conceptual drawings of the park redesign. These images will guide you through our vision for a rejuvenated Lancaster Park, showcasing the pickleball courts, game stations, integrated seating, and the revamped Lancaster Avenue with its bike path, new sidewalks, and more.

Looking Towards the Future

By summer 2025, Obetz will unveil a reborn city centerpiece, a testament to our community’s values, aspirations, and shared love for public spaces. And to mark this significant transformation, Lancaster Park will be renamed upon rededication. Although the new name is yet to be decided, we’re eager to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

This undertaking is a commitment to enhancing our city’s vibrancy, health, and community bonds. This project, shaped by your input and needs, will make Obetz an even more delightful place to live, work, and play. Stay tuned to our website and social media channels for project updates, feedback opportunities, and announcements on the park’s rededication ceremony. Let’s look forward to the journey ahead with excitement and anticipation. The future of Lancaster Park – and Obetz – is bright!