By Kevin Kelley
Fairview Park has been awarded a $50,000 grant from Cuyahoga County for construction of a pavilion at Nelson Russ Park.
The money comes in the form of a Community Development Supplemental Grant, which is funded by the County Casino Revenue Fund. The fund distributes $1 million in casino tax revenue annually to county communities.
The construction of the pavilion is just one part of a $600,000 project to redevelop the park.
Named after the city’s first recreation director, the 4.6-acre park is largely empty after the recreation department headquarters was relocated to the Gemini Center when that facility opened in 2008. A focus on the new recreation center and
budget constraints caused Nelson Russ Park to suffer from inattention. However, Mayor Eileen Patton always expressed the intent to one day revamp the park.
A quarter-mile asphalt track and a playground are also planned for the park, located off MacBeth Avenue. Construction of restroom facilities and resurfacing of the parking lot are also planned.
According to the city’s grant application, the pavilion will be 24 by 36 feet in diameter and include a pergola. The pavilion will be compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and connected to the trail, which will also be ADA-accessible.
“The proposed pavilion will allow for a cohesive, functional park within which all Fairview Park residents have the opportunity to increase physical activity and engage in more social environments,” the grant application stated.
The bidding process for construction of the pavilion is expected to start this month. Construction is expected to start in May and be completed by October.
MORE GRANTS: Fairview Park also received $50,000 from the county through its 2017 Storefront Renovation Program. Funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program, the Storefront Renovation Program provides grants on a competitive basis for strategic, geographically focused programs for revitalization of commercial, historic or town center areas.
In Fairview Park, money will be used to assist in the revitalization of five commercial properties located on the north side of Lorain Road. All five buildings selected for this project are occupied by local business owners. The buildings are Giaco’s Mower Shop, Fairview Laserwash, 808 Shave Ice, Allied Behavioral Health Services, and Drellishak’s Auto Care.
City officials say their reinvestment in the properties will have a significant and lasting impact on the Lorain Road corridor and may spur additional reinvestment.
As West Life reported in the March 8 issue, the city also received a $150,000 Cuyahoga County Municipal Grant to make sidewalks and curb repairs and improvements along Lorain Road, from West 208th Street to West 214th Street. That grant program is also funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.