Improvements made at Lake Park

| October 11, 2017

COSHOCTON – Some improvements have been made and are currently being made at Lake Park on State Route 83. The pavilion is seeing the majority of improvements as both the exterior and interior of the building have been painted. The interior is being painted by Ed Adams and the exterior is being painted by Varnes Sandblasting and Painting. Weaver Construction is working on repairs to the outside of the building.

In the future, Lori Everhart, director of the park district, hopes to update the roof, gutters, and possibly do something with the floor, which is original to the building.

“Right now, we are researching the best things for us to do with the floor,” said Everhart. “It has become so thin that we can’t even sand it right now. So we may have to replace the floor.”

She is hoping these updates to the pavilion will be completed in two years. The pavilion dates back to 1923 and in its heyday was a popular place for musicians such as Sammy Kaye and Duke Ellington to perform.

The park is also doing repairs on the aqueduct bridge. The last repair project on the bridge was completed two years ago; however, the pilings placed in the river to protect the piers bent and were not effective. The pilings are being replaced by larger ones and are braced together for added strength. The project will last a week or two and is being funded through the Coshocton County Engineer’s Office.

The park is also looking at the possibility of staining the bridge within the next year.

Another addition to the park is the hiring of a forestry consultant to do forest management planning in the wooded areas. Everhart said this could result in the harvesting of some trees by the golf course area. The golf course will not be closed and the trees will not be cleared, but there are a few trees that need to be cut down.

“We’re losing money right now because the trees are falling,” said Everhart. “The trees are mature and are going to be dying. We’re looking at the forest and the health of the forest and what is going to be best for the forest to thrive in the future.”

The projects are being funded through a $15,000 grant from the Coshocton Rotary to be used for painting the pavilion, and proceeds from the Indian Mud Run.

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    I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.