The 4th of July celebration is always a highlight in the community. I want to extend my thanks to everyone who attends, participates, and helps in some way to make this one of THE events of the year.

Stay tuned for a full summary of the 2018 Olentangy Summer Bash and 4th of July Parade in next month’s issue of Lewis Center Living.

Orange Township is excited about a new park being built at the intersection of North and Lewis Center roads, just east of Olentangy High School. The park is now called North Road Park, but the name will be up for pubic input once it is finished. It will include five full-size soccer fields and a cricket pitch. The soccer field space will be large enough to host 10 soccer teams playing at the same time, and the cricket pitch will be the first of its kind in our township.

By early fall, construction should be complete on restrooms, concessions and three shelters at the park. One of the shelters will contain a concession stand, and the other two shelters, which will have a two-sided fireplace and rain garden built between them, will be available for reservations. The final phase of construction will include a playground. The 22-acre park is scheduled to open in the spring of 2019.

Opening just this past spring is the Alum Creek Bridge Trail at the Alum Creek Below Dam Area on Lewis Center Road. The bridge connects the trails of Alum Creek to the Orange Township Trail system and spans the dam spillway. It’s 12 feet wide and can accommodate walkers, cyclists and those who fish.

The bridge is part of the township’s 2008 Master Parks Plan and was a joint venture between the Orange Township Parks Department, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Plans for this bridge have been in the works since 2013, and we are very excited to connect trails and bring more people to Alum Creek and the surrounding areas.

The summer edition of the Orange Township News & Views newsletter was mailed out early last month. The newsletter provides information about upcoming events this summer, an update on the township’s comprehensive plan and important reminders about summer fire safety. There is also an article about the new “Do Not Knock” registry that puts restrictions on how and when transient vendors can knock on your door. You can add your name to the Do Not Knock registry by emailing your information to our Township Administrator at lbodnar@orangetwp.org. The summer newsletter can be found on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/OrangeTownship.

Hope you have a safe and fun month of July!

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