The future of a popular park is now in the hands of the Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
An overflow crowd filled the board’s Wednesday evening meeting, with the majority there to oppose possible changes to Fancyburg Park.
The city is weighing a proposal to add four baseball fields to the 25-acre park, which some describe as “sacred.”
The fields would accommodate the Bear Cub Baseball League, which organizers say is growing.
Currently, there are 873 players in the league.
“We are at capacity,” said Steve Geraghty, Bear Cub Baseball vice-president and treasurer.
Bear Cub Baseball is offering $75,000 to build the new fields, with the remaining $150,000 coming from a private donor.
Homeowners, many of whom attended and spoke at the advisory board’s meeting, are hoping the city rejects the prospect of building the new fields.
“It’s our belief that we have a sufficient number of ball fields around the city,” said homeowner Brad Waite. “Let’s take the ones we have and upgrade them.”
Waite and many others said they want Fancyburg Park to remain a destination where they can walk, bike and sled, with the two ball fields which already exist.
The advisory board will draft a proposal, which will then be delivered to the parks and recreation department.
Advisory board members say the proposal will likely be drafted within the next couple of weeks.