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$400,000 in Upgrades Eyed for Madison Park

Public meeting slated to discuss the proposal, which includes an overhaul to the skatehouse.

As part of the city’s “continued investments in our parks,” officials are eyeing about $400,000 in upgrades to Madison Park this year.

Work is expected to begin this summer, with plans that include a renovation of the Madison Skatehouse. 

“The skatehouse has been a focal element of Madison Park since the 1930s but in recent years fallen into disrepair,” said city project specialist Jason Russell.

The city is hosting a public meeting at the Madison Branch of the Lakewood Public Library at 7 p.m. May 13. 

“Proposed improvements under consideration include enhancements to the overall appearance as well as the bathrooms being rebuilt to be ADA accessible and provide a clean and safe environment for everyone,” said Russell. “These changes won’t get under way without (residents’) thoughts and concerns being heard.”

City officials and the project architect will share proposed plans and answer questions and concerns.

The total project budget is $450,000, but city officials expected to stay under budget.

“Aside from the updated restrooms, new exterior lighting will not only accent the architectural detail of the skatehouse, but also provide additional lighting for the park,” Russell said. “The new eastern entrance to both bathrooms will have new brick planters to provide more foliage and color to the skatehouse.”

Phase 2 of the Madison Park improvements — expected to include an outdoor performance venue and pergola — are also expected soon.

Joni Nowak RN/CCRN May 10, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Great to hear! Skatehouse? Had no idea... The park is nice. It has some very fun equipment in it for little ones. I take my grandchildren over there all the time. Improvements would be welcome! Madison is an under-served area of Lakewood that deserves some 'real' attention by city officials. Bring it on........ :0)
Yolanda Cruz May 10, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Skating rink hopefully. Need some more full length basketball courts in Lakewood.
Lakewood Matt May 10, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Not to be too negative, but where is this money coming from? Isn't Lakewood looking to save money via recycling and inconvenience everyone with parking bans? How doe we then have $450,000 to spend on Madison Park? Curious.
Cherie Simpson May 10, 2013 at 09:07 PM
I have lived in the east end of Lakewood for the past 57 years. History on the "skate house" - back in the day, my family and friends referred to it as the "White House" because many retirees from the east end of Lakewood would congregate there to discuss/solve the world's problems and play cards. Each winter, the area in back of the White House was flooded by the City and when it froze, we had an ice rink. I spent many happy times skating there as a child. I am VERY happy to hear the City of Lakewood is going to spend money on improvements to this area of Madison Park. It's ABOUT TIME more money is being spent on the east end of Lakewood. East end families deserve a park that is every bit as nice as the parks on the west end of Lakewood. Driving down Detroit or Madison Avenues, west to east, is a definite eye opener. The difference in the appearance of the west end vs. the east end of Lakewood is like night and day. It's as if no one cares about our end of town. We are the forgotten tax payers of Lakewood, OH. While there are some improvements, i.e. a new Drug Mart, etc., they have been way too long in coming. I am sure that It will be years, if ever, before the east end of our community is a nice as the west end. Very sad. As for Madison Park, the improvements will be wonderful. Next on the agenda should be making it DOG FRIENDLY, the same as the parks on the WEST END of Lakewood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Chris Olsen May 11, 2013 at 01:51 PM
They used to flood the grassy area to the east of the pool in the winter for skating

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