Dayton planning for big changes to some public parks

The City of Dayton is hoping to change that by investing $240,000 in the park. (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Big changes are coming to two parks within the City of Dayton, both of which are currently in need of a little TLC.

FOX 45’s Elyse Coulter went by Mallory Park on the city’s west side May 17, a day when the temperature almost hit 90 degrees in the Miami Valley. There wasn’t a soul in sight other than Milea Bradfield and her friend Meionna Thompson.

"A lot of kids used to come here like a long time ago, a few years back,” Bradfield said. “I don't know what happened, why the kids stopped coming.”

The park that was once full of life, now seemingly abandoned.

"Seeing a park like this make people don't want to go," Bradfield said.

The City of Dayton is hoping to change that by investing $240,000 in the park.

"A lot of people live close by, so they'll love to bring their kids when there's nothing to do, or let their kids go to the park, go get wet its summer time now,” Thompson said. “It's another place to come get wet swim, stuff like that.”

Work is already underway to rebuild and renovate the splash park.

The city hopes to make it bigger and give kids more choices.

"I have a little brother and I know he's going to be very excited to come to the park," Bradfield said.

The playground equipment there now will be replaced.

"I think more kids is gonna want to come to this park," Bradfield said.

On the other side of town, a $270,000 renovation is planned for Walnut Hills Park, with the city looking to replace and build new sidewalks, as well as renovate the volleyball and tennis courts.

The changes coming to both parks is something Bradfield is looking forward to.

"I just can't wait to see what the new park is going to look like, I'm excited," Bradfield said.

The city said at an earlier city commission meeting the spray park at Mallory Park is expected to be finished by the end of this month, and the playground is expected to be replaced later in 2017.

The money for the renovations at the parks is coming from Issue 9 funds.

Issue 9 was voted through in the November 2016 election.

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