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    Posted: May 30 2018 at 2:04pm

Pat Hoagland of Brandstetter Carroll, Inc. updated City Council on the recommendations for Baker
Sports Complex, Monroe Bicentennial Commons, and the Monroe Community Park.

•    Monroe Bicentennial Commons.  Proposed to have an entrance plaza, active play area, bicycle  
focused  area,  visitors  center,  possible  meeting  space,  recreation  area  with  an 
amphitheater, nature oriented play area, safety town area, and kayaking/canoe launch ramp.

The programming of this area and maintenance will be unique as it will require additional staff and 
 equipment.   If  you  want  to  rent  canoes,  kayaking,  and  paddle  boats  there  are  a  lot  
of vendors that could assist with that.   Volunteers will also be important in making this work. 
The goal is to get the area open as soon as we can but, it must be made safe first.

•    Monroe Community Park.  We wanted to have more ball fields and improved ball fields. There are 
drainage issues that need to be corrected and there is not enough parking.   As you come into the 
park there will be a spray ground, playground, and additional parking.

•    Baker Sports Complex.  A community garden and dog park could be located here, as well as, a 
natural area for trails and another disk golf course.

The next step is Council reviewing the three plans and, once they are finalized by City Council, we 
can begin with phase one.  Mr. Funk asked how many phases are anticipated.  Mr. Hoagland advised  
that  it  depends  on  the  funding.   There  are  nine  distinct  areas  in  Monroe  Bicentennial 
Commons.  There are some grant opportunities out there and it would make sense to start at the 
beginning of the Commons and work towards the back of the area.    Mr. Hoagland stated that if 
everything was completed in the master plan the cost for Monroe Bicentennial Commons is $9.17 
million but, does not include demolition.  Monroe Community Park is $6 million and Baker Sports 
Complex is $1.3 million.  He emphasized that these costs are if everything in the plan was built.

Mr. Brock explained that legislation will be presented in the future.  Mr. Clark recognized that it 
is expensive, but the taxpayers made their voices loud and clear on what they want and the sooner 
it is completed, the better.

Mrs. McElfresh agreed that this would enhance the community and in phases it is something that 

Source: Monroe Council Minutes
Regular Meeting of Council May 8, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
233 South Main Street, Monroe, Ohio

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