Nick McWilliams reporting – A beautification project in New Philadelphia is receiving some finishing touches before opening to the public.

Service Director Ron McAbier detailed the progress on the Southside Park Nature Trail to council at their latest meeting.

He says that currently, most of the hang-up with work relates to electrical work. 

“The nature trail is 95 percent complete. Pollinators garden is 60 percent complete. All the electrical is lagging behind but its about 60 percent done. Both restrooms are 95 percent complete. We have some painting to do in there, and we changed out the ceilings from drywall to fiberglass panels for wear and tear reasons.”

McAbier notes that some individuals were using the dog park at the location, however, he reminds residents at this time the spot is not open for public use.

The Tuscora Park Foundation is planning an official ribbon-cutting around June to celebrate the completion of Phase 1 of the project, with more details to be announced soon.

The total cost of the beginning part of the extensive work is estimated at just over $3.14 million.

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