Commonwealth Park Plan
The City of Bexley, through the Recreation and Parks Department (BRPD), is excited to announce plans to develop a Commonwealth Park Master Plan. Over the past year, city officials and administration have identified the need to develop a plan for Commonwealth Park that will provide short term and long term guidance and vision for park maintenance, management, and improvements. Thanks to a grant from the Bexley Beautification Fund as well as City finances, funding is in place to move forward with the project.
The City of Bexley would like to work through a public process to define a vision for a Commonwealth Park that maintains current patterns of use, but defines more deliberate landscape and park amenities to enhance the passive use of the park, and to better conform the athletic use of the park to the context of the surrounding built environment.
It is the intent of the Bexley Recreation and Parks Department that a steering committee is formed to ensure that feedback from residents and users of the park has been well considered prior to any future refinements or changes to the park. The steering committee, as defined by the Recreation Board, will consist of the following:
1 – Recreation Board Member
1 – Tree and Public Garden Commission Member
1 – Bexley City Schools Appointee
3 – Commonwealth Area Residents
2 – Resident Park Users
1 – Resident
2 – Ex Officio Members (Mayor Kessler & Michael Price)
We are currently accepting applications of residents interested in serving on the Commonwealth Park Master Plan Steering Committee. The deadline for submitting your application is Wednesday, February 22nd. Application (See below) should be submitted to Michael Price at 165 N. Parkview or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through a Request for Proposal (See the RFP Below) process, the firm Brian Kent Jones was selected by the administration out of four firms that submitted proposals, to oversee the public process and through that process develop and deliver a master plan for Commonwealth Park.
Brian Kent Jones was selected, in part, based on their experience working on projects in Bexley both for private residents and public projects. They have a team of professionals with the experience and capacity to meet the goals of the project as well as the ability to understand and facilitate the public process.
3/1/17 – Recreation Board Meeting – 5:30p at Jeffrey Mansion
*TBA – Initial Steering Committee Meeting
*We will post the schedule for steering committee meetings and public workshops as soon as it is completed.