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Aurora residents asked what they'd like to see at Liz Strahan Park

by MIKE LESKO | REPORTER Published: March 19, 2014 12:00 AM

Aurora -- Residents will get a chance to give their input regarding new playground equipment they'd like to see installed at Liz Strahan Park in the Geauga Lake neighborhood.

Parks-Recreation Director Jim Kraus said his department has developed an online survey that can be accessed by a link on the city's main parks and recreation page. Click on the playground image at the bottom of the page at www.auroraoh.com/parks.

Residents are asked to rank six playground items in order of what they'd most like to see installed. The six items are a skyrunner, tree climbers, inclined web climber, honeycomb, dragonfly and turtle spinner. A photo accompanies the name of each item.

The survey notes the final selection and how many items are purchased will be based on cost. Kraus also said a flier will be distributed to houses in the Geauga Lake area by Councilman Jim Vaca this month. Survey information will be on the flier.

Kraus said there is $12,500 in the budget for Strahan Park, named after a deceased long-time community volunteer.

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"There are probably 20 or 30 things you could do if you wanted to," Kraus said. "We just wanted to replace the sandbox, but this is an opportunity to put in other items there, too."

Kraus explained at the recreation advisory committee's Feb. 17 meeting that the city wanted "to try to work in some sort of community survey to pick what some of [the residents'] favorites might be or what they want. We may have an idea [what it should be], but maybe there's something on there that they really want.

"We met with one of the playground vendors we've used before for some of our playground stuff, and he's going to get us some options that might work," he added.

Kraus said he hopes to have the new equipment in place by the end of July, "but it is dependent upon the specific equipment selected and manufacturing time."

In addition, Vaca said students from Aurora's Valley Christian Academy volunteer their time each spring at the park.

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"The eighth-graders come down and we renovate the park," Vaca said. "We painted just about everything. This spring, I don't know what we're going to do. Generally, they clean up and pick up sticks. The equipment is in pretty good condition; 90 percent of it has been painted."

Strahan Park at 975 California St. encompasses 1 1/2 acres. It has playground structures, two small picnic pavilions, picnic tables and grills.

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