“So it’s already been running,” he said Saturday with a chuckle.
The small park was delayed for a few reasons — Timmer wanted to install a fence to prevent small children from getting into traffic; there were construction issues; heavy rains washed away grass this spring; and extra time was spent creating handicapped-accessible bathrooms, but everything was in top shape Saturday morning as the park awaited its first official visitors.
Samy Broyles, program director of the Great Miami Valley YMCA, which operates the center, said the upgraded park with the water area and picnic shelters “should make this more of a family-friendly environment, something that’s free to go do, inside the city of Hamilton.
“You don’t need to have money to come down here, so it’s great,” he said.
Broyles, Timmer and a news reporter showed up at 10:30 a.m. for the facility’s official opening.
Timmer said the park is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, with wheelchair-usable pathways connecting all the park’s features. There also are two picnic tables outfitted for people using wheelchairs.