Kettering, OH – In early 2011, Pondview Park underwent a $760,000 upgrade to create Ohio’s first self-guided environmental park designed to help people of all abilities experience nature. The renovations were extensive and included the addition of a fully accessible trail system, six learning pods, scenic overlooks and observation points, a forest growth learning site, prairie restoration and a butterfly garden.
The newly renovated park opened to rave reviews in April of 2011, and has quickly become a destination point for families, class field trips, and individuals of all abilities. $426,000 of the original funding was made possible by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to The Dayton Foundation, and in May, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced that it was allowing select organizations to apply for additional funding. This funding is to be used for site upgrades that were not originally addressed with the initial construction, or to resolve issues that were identified post construction.
The Dayton Foundation applied on behalf of the Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department and was awarded a follow-up grant of $106,000. This funding will be utilized for site upgrades and improvements. The plans will be created using universal design elements to keep the integrity of the initial concept and ensure that individuals of all abilities will have full access to the entire park.
“We are extremely thankful to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and The Dayton Foundation for enabling us to make these additional renovations” Stated Marybeth Thaman, Director Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts “The initial project has been so well received by the community and we are pleased to be able to further enhance this already amazing facility.”
The project is currently in the design stages with an anticipated completion date of Fall 2011.