The Westlake Parks and Recreation Master Plan identified necessary improvements to the parks, open spaces and senior/recreational facilities within Westlake. With much input, revision, and evaluation, we have developed a list of prioritized projects that will improve the quality of life for current and future generations of Westlake residents. The estimated total cost of the projects on the list is $34.5 million.
Below are the details of the nine major parks and recreation projects which can also be found in the 2016 Community Report, copies of which were mailed to residents in October 2017.
During the General Election on Tuesday, November 7, voters will decide on Issue 53, a renewal of a current one-eighth percent (0.125%) income tax, to help finance the following projects. It is not a new tax.
New Capital Projects
Aquatics Center at Peterson Pool
More amenities are planned for the center to replace the current Peterson Pool, the popular center of summer activity for all ages, including a large bath house, lazy river with sprays and jets, splash pad, lap pool with diving well extension, a climbing wall, and a plunge pool.
Senior and Community Services Center
A safer and more senior-friendly facility suitable to the many activities and services provided by the Community Services Department will help older adults enjoy a longer, more active, socially engaged, and a healthier retirement. The center would be located near the Rec Center with amenities that include a theater, café and lounge, and suitable classrooms for many activities.
Bradley Road Sports Park
Sure to become one of the favorite spots in Westlake for young athletes, weekend warriors, and nature enthusiasts, the proposed conceptual complex will include 4 baseball fields and 4 soccer/lacrosse fields, some with artificial turf. In addition, trails will connect the Sports Park to Bradley Nature Park. A playground and a picnic pavilion are also planned.
Updated Proposed Conceptual Drawing Posted on November 2, 2017
The updated proposed conceptual drawing on this page for the Bradley Road Sports Park utilizes the acres off Bradley Road acquired in the 2016 land swap with Westlake City Schools. They are adjacent to Meadowood Golf Course and Bradley Nature Park. The proposed conceptual entrance could be off Bradley Road. Additional input from citizens focus groups planned in late 2018 will help create a general plan from which more detailed plans will be developed.
Mayor Dennis M. Clough and the Parks and Recreation Commission are recommending using this land as the possible future site for the proposed conceptual sports park.
Westlake Aquatics Center Rendering
Westlake Senior and Community Services Center Rendering
Westlake Bradley Rd. Sports Park concept on acres acquired in the land swamp with Westlake Schools, located west of the Meadowood Golf Course. The entrance could be located off of Bradley Road. A more detailed design of the sports park is expected after input from citizen focus groups late in 2018.
Improvements at Existing Facilities and Properties
Porter Road Fields
A new restroom building will be added.
Recreation Center Park
The two existing baseball fields will be renovated and lighting, fencing, trails and a new picnic shelter will be added. The current playground will also be renovated.
Recreation Center Gym Addition
A multi-purpose room that could support two junior high basketball courts are proposed. Circulation and other auxiliary space would also be included.
Clague Playhouse Athletic Fields
The grounds behind the current facility will be transformed into an east side baseball and softball complex featuring four diamonds and expanded parking. A restroom will be installed with a small concession stand and playground.
The majority of the park will be reconfigured into a passive space with two large baseball diamonds to remain. These diamonds are scheduled to be renovated in 2017 and 2018. The five small baseball diamonds will be removed and the Clague Park oval will be restored. The two large baseball diamonds to remain will be the premiere diamonds for the City with a building housing a maintenance area, a restroom and a press-box to be constructed. The trail system within the park will be expanded and the current Clague Cabin will be renovated.
Bradley Nature Park
The existing bathrooms will be renovated and the playground will be replaced. Trails will be extended to the new Bradley Sports Park. The trail to Crocker Road will be constructed with the Dover Ditch Stream Restoration Project and will be enhanced by including signage, benches and rustic exercise stations.
Open House and Forum on Issue 53
On Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the Westlake Recreation Center an Open House and Public Forum was held. Mayor Dennis M. Clough, Director of Recreation, Bob DeMinico and Director of Community Services, Lydia Gadd, presented updates on the Westlake Recreation Plan, which includes plans for a new Aquatic Center, a new Senior and Community Services Building, a Sports Complex and other projects and explain Issue 53.