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Residents Approve Funding For Issue 22; City Details New Community Center Timeline

Posted November 4, 2021 in Recreation & Parks by Chase Evans

Thank you, City of Hilliard voters, for supporting Issue 22! On Nov. 2, our residents passed the ballot initiative with a 62 percent “YES” vote, creating a permanent funding source for City of Hilliard Recreation and Parks.

Your support will change Hilliard Recreation and Parks – and, in many ways, our community! The high-profile project that will come from Issue 22 will be construction of a modern community center on about 150 acres of parkland to be developed just west of Municipal Park.

The goal is for the center to open in 2024: Residents will help us determine the amenities in this community center, but we know it will include such great things as an indoor aquatics center, modern fitness facilities, flexible gymnasium spaces, classroom spaces for expanded programming for all ages, and a new senior center.

But the revenue the City of Hilliard receives thanks to your support will also mean more trails in our community, additional athletic fields, new parks, and other great amenities.

In 2022, watch for completion of the playground project at Lakewood Park, the completion of several projects at Father DePietro Park, and paving improvements in Municipal Park – all thanks to funding from Issue 22.

“Part of the promise the City makes when asking the community to entrust it with tax funds is that our residents will be part of the process of deciding how that money is spent. We also must promise to report back to the community about those investments,” said City Manager Michelle Crandall.

“Residents will be included in the process of planning the future community center, as well as other future parks and recreation projects. We look forward to sharing the progress with our community as we make these improvements!”