The State of Girard Recreation 2008
Compiled By Michael A. Costarella – Council
At Large, Girard, Ohio
document is a first draft analysis of the state of recreation in Girard,
Ohio as of January, 2008. In this document I have attempted to compile information
objectively without regard to any one individual bias. The goal of this document is to take stock of
our assets and their conditions combined with known visions and desires for
improvement. All citizens and elected
officials are welcome to include input into the content of this document.
Girard Boys Baseball Association
Girard Girls Softball
Girard Youth Soccer League
Girard Bocce League
Women’s Volleyball League
Men’s Volleyball League
David Tod Memorial
park is the primary outdoor recreation facility for the city leagues.
park also contains several unimproved nature trails.
Tod Park Recreation Area
Tod Park Baseball Field 1
make up is bad for growing good grass.
It is clear by the image above that the grass is in less than
optimal condition for league play.
field is not in good enough shape for high school competition
this field be split into 2 smaller fields?
field is currently overused due to baseball and soccer leagues.
Tod Park Baseball Field 2
Tod Park Baseball Field 3
- It is
clear that the grass portion of this field is less than optimal. Some spots of the outfield are worn.
Tod Park Mushball
no satellite imagery is available for this field. It was constructed on top of what used
to be Tod Pond.
At the time of this document, the latest imagery contains only the
dirt filled pond area after grading.
Currently, grass has grown on this field.
Tod Park Soccer Field
field has safety issues
condition of this field is also worn from overuse and lack of maintenance
Tod Park Tennis Court
Tod Park Basketball Courts
Tod Park Bocci
Stambaugh Park Area View
Stambaugh Park Boundary View
problems with hill and shape of parking lot
field is currently not in playable shape for league play
park does have restrooms and electric service
park does have a pavilion with electric service
field has limited parking overflow opportunities do to lack of infrastructure surrounding the park
park offers a portion of the city’s recreational needs, but is more known
for its natural beauty.
southwestern end of this park will now be more useable because of the
parking available at off times from the new Kiwanis parking lot.
Liberty Park Closer Up
of the biggest infrastructure problems of this park is lack of pedestrian
access. Currently, it is only
reachable by car without the need to walk on unimproved roads.
of this isolation, this park has been the recipient of much vandalism.
Pony League Field
field has better earth makeup than Tod Park.
- An idea
to transform this field into two soccer fields to combine with the
existing practice field has been proposed.
parking lot for this field could be used as overflow parking for visitors.
safety concern exists at S. Elruth
The picture below shows the largest safety risk.
road along S. Elruth is not currently capable of
facilitating safe pedestrianism between the park lot of this field and the
Kiwanis Parking Lot to the east. A
large hill exists between the two levels of the area.
action would be to widen the street and create a pedestrian pathway next
to the road by trimming the wooded area north and east from the road as
much as possible.
later phase would involve adding fill dirt to more gently grade the
pedestrian walkway and ensure proper drainage.
guardrail would need to be added to the north and east of the road.
unimproved parking lot to the south and east of the field is used to build
the bonfire for meet the team night.
This is a once a year high school football team kickoff event.
Liberty Park Combined Fields - Closer Look
used for high school football practices.
It is apparent by the image about that overuse of the outfields has
caused bare spots in the pony league field.
used for high school soccer practices
Liberty Park Mushball Field
Liberty Park Tennis Courts
in very bad shape
is most likely not repairable
Liberty Park Soccer
used for High School Girls Soccer
Liberty Park to East Liberty
Liberty Park Boy Scout Cabin Area
Prospect Mushball Field
Girard Junior &
Senior High School Complex
St. Rose Gymnasium
Girard City Gymnasium
Multi-Generational Center Gymnasium