There’s not a date set for the park to open, but officials have targeted late summer. That is assuming the weather cooperates, which it has not.
“Of course with that being a lower-lying area we’ve had to deal with a lot of wet weather,” Howard said. “We’ll get two days of sun and three days of rain, and a day of sun and two days of rain. Our rain days are definitely outweighing our sunny days. You can’t get frustrated at the weather because you can’t control it.”
But once construction workers can string more than a few consecutive days, progress will move swiftly, she said. Once the infrastructure is completed, “the rest is going to happen fairly quickly,” Howard said.
A later feature for the multi-use dog park is to connect the yet-to-be-named park with Marsh Park, just a few hundred feet north on River Road.
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The city has applied for a $700,000 OKI Regional Council of Governments grant to pay for most of the $1.1 million project, which would bisect Marsh Park and run across River Road and down to the multi-use park, according to the tentative plans. Since the new park will also be a trailhead for the Great Miami River Bike Trail, Howard said it will connect Fairfield with its neighboring communities, “and it will get people to our park.”
If OKI awards the city the grant, funds would bid the bike path project in 2023, said Fairfield City Engineer Ben Mann. If the grant is denied, the city will re-apply but the project would likely be pushed back until funding is secured.