Beavercreek residents will vote on a 1.93 mills park levy on the Nov. 7, 2023 ballot. Beavercreek City Council passed Resolution 23-41 to place the levy on the ballot during their Monday, July 24, meeting. Funds from the levy will be utilized for the development of Spring House Park and maintain the city’s existing 23 parks. If approved, the levy would raise property taxes beginning in 2024 by $68 for each $100,000 of the county auditor’s appraised value based on the tax year 2022 valuation.
How will funds from the park levy be utilized?
- The development and maintenance of Spring House Park, including the following amenities based on current cost estimates:
- Natural areas
- Hiking trails (both unpaved and paved)
- Three playgrounds
- Splash pad
- Dog park
- Disc golf course
- Twelve pickleball courts
- Multipurpose fields
- Basketball courts
- Outdoor fitness area
- Event space
- Great lawn
- Fishing dock
- Archery range
- Four restrooms
- Seven parking lots
- Infrastructure: land preparation, water and electric system establishment, roads, and other necessary utilities
- Support Beavercreek’s existing 23 parks, including capital improvements, and Beavercreek Senior Center
- Hire 10 additional full-time employees:
- Five maintenance workers
- Two recreation programmers
- Building attendant
- Beavercreek Senior Center coordinator
How much will it cost to develop Spring House Park?
- The estimated cost for a complete build out of Spring House Park’s master plan is $36 million.
- The 1.93 mills park levy will fund a significant portion of the development costs, amounting to approximately $29 million.
- This includes $17 million for infrastructure projects, such as land preparation, water and electric system establishment, road and parking area construction, and other necessary utilities.
- The city will apply for grant funding to cover the remaining costs.
How was the master plan for Spring House Park created?
- Spring House Park’s master plan developed collaboratively with the help of Brandstetter Carroll, Inc., parks staff, and community input.
- The city’s parks division hosted two open houses and an online survey where more than 150 participants and over 2,100 respondents shared their preferences for the park.
- Desired features, such as natural areas, hiking trails, an all-access playground, picnic shelters, a splash pad, paved trails, a dog park, disc golf, an outdoor stage, and sports fields, were all incorporated into the park’s master plan.
- The creation of Spring House Park stems from a community-wide survey conducted in 2019, which revealed that 60% of respondents expressed a desire for larger community parks.
- A significant number of residents advocated for more trail systems and open spaces in Beavercreek.
How did the City of Beavercreek acquire the land for Spring House Park?
- The city acquired the property for Spring House Park after receiving a $738,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, facilitated by the United States National Park Service's Land and Water Conservation Fund.
- The city utilized park fees collected from developments within Beavercreek, which are exclusively dedicated to acquiring parkland to match the grant.
When will Spring House Park be developed?
- If the park levy is approved by voters, they city will begin the bidding process and start construction by late 2024.
How will residents be impacted by the 1.93 mills park levy?
- If approved, the levy would raise property taxes beginning in 2024 by $68 for each $100,000 of the county auditor’s appraised value.