Loveland opens new pocket park, dining hall
Loveland is transforming existing green space outside City Hall into a new pocket park and dining hall, city officials said.
Located within the city’s Dora limits, residents will be able to enjoy a beer and a meal on City Hall’s lawn as early as next month, according to City Manager David Kennedy.
The designated outdoor refreshment area is no more than a specific area of land designated by a local government as exempt from certain open container provisions as defined in the legislative act that created the Dora in Ohio .
The new pocket park and dining area in the city’s downtown district will feature three set-up tables and a trash and recycling station, officials said in a statement, adding “a concrete patio will be poured with an upgraded ribbon of brick, similar to updated sidewalks along a portion of North Karl Brown Way and West Loveland Avenue.”
The pocket park and dining hall will also be fully accessible to people with disabilities, Kennedy said.
Kennedy said he thinks the new space is something downtown Loveland regulars will appreciate. “It’s just neat gear,” he told The Enquirer.
Loveland — a town of 13,000 just 15 miles northeast of Cincinnati — won’t pay a penny for the project thanks to grant funding secured through Hamilton County, according to Kennedy.
Officials said about $33,000 was available through a Hamilton County Community Development Block Grant, with multiple city-backed quotes pegging the total cost of the project at just over $21,100.
Construction is expected to begin in the spring, the statement said. Kennedy said he hoped the project would be completed by early April.
The pocket park layout will not take away from the existing green space and more landscaping could be added to the area, officials said.