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N E W U R B A N WAT E R F RO N T M E T RO PA R K

Community Meeting June 21, 2018

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AGENDA

• Welcome

• Why a new Metropark?

• Project Status - Schedule, Funding

• Site Context

• What We Heard - Program & Vision Development

• Master Plan

• Feedback Stations

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PARK VISION

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Across the country and the region, the downtowns that
are successful are the ones that are reinvesting in their
riverfronts.
– Downtown Toledo Master Plan, Feb 2017, p.7

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REBUILDING RIVERFRONTS

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The Downtown Toledo Master Plan creates a
vision of a thriving riverfront city. A city that
celebrates and builds from its greatest natural
asset and amenity outward into the surrounding
neighborhoods, districts and community.
– Downtown Toledo Master Plan, Feb 2017, p.158

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DOWNTOWN TOLEDO MASTER PLAN

The Plan will create a The Plan will focus on The Plan will create
network of 300+ acres of access, connections, livability elements
downtown park space. public space, activity including parks and
and development greenspace, walkable
opportunities, renewing tree-lined streets, bike
the riverfront as the facilities, public art,
prime asset for transit and outdoor
Downtown Toledo, dining. Fostering an
surrounding urban innovation district in
districts and adjacent order to grow jobs,
neighborhoods. attract companies and
capital.

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PROJECT BENEFITS

Social Education Environmental Economic


• Improve people’s • Access to parks provides • Provide cities with much • There are direct economic
perception of their hands-on learning needed green space and benefits as larger parks
environment (and opportunities act as an escape for tend to act as tourist
themselves) residents from concrete. attractions.
• Unconstructed outdoor play
• Improved health of promotes problem solving • Provide dwelling space for • Park investments lead to an
area residents through skills in children wildlife living in the city increase in property tax
recreational use. revenue from surrounding
• Children and their families • A park’s greenspace can properties
• Build pride in become active improve water quality by
neighborhood participants in community reducing stormwater runoff. • Public open space
development, citizenship development acts as a
• Provide a gathering and democratic processes • Air pollution removal by catalyst for commercial
space for families and vegetation in parks and development
friends along trails.

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Project Status

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PROJECT PROCESS

Program Refine Phase1


Summer/Fall 2017 Spring/Summer 2018 Fall 2018 Design –
2019 Construction

• Feedback – • Stakeholder • 3 Phase


Round 1 Feedback – acquisition
• Program Round 2 • 2 Phase
Development • Refine construction
• Concept Plan Master Plan (north side)
• Public Open
House
• Master Plan
Completion

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RESOURCES IN HAND

$5.55M+

$3,104,041 $500,000 $950,962 $1,000,000

Clean Ohio Round 11 & 12 National Fish and Wildlife Foundation TMACOG/ Congestion Mitigation and Metroparks Toledo Funds
Air Quality (CMAQ)
Awarded $1,898,471 in round 11and Awarded $500,000 to install natural
$1,205,570 in round 12 to acquire wetlands, plant over 600 trees and Awarded $950,962 to construct a
and restore 43 acres of former restore Maumee River shoreline within pedestrian bridge over Main street and
brownfields along the Maumee River the former Marina District. build 4,300 feet of the Riverside Trail
within the former Marina District. East, allowing for a continual connection
across the Maumee River and into
downtown Toledo.

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Site Context

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SITE HISTORY

D ow n t ow n
To l e d o
Swan Creek

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SITE HISTORY

D ow n t ow n
To l e d o

Toledo Edison Acme


Power Plant ( 1 9 1 8 - 1 9 9 3 )
Previously The Maumee
Ro l l i n g M i l l C o. c . 1 9 0 0

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SITE HISTORY

E N V I R O N M E N TA L
C O N S I D E R AT I O N S

• Past land use activities


have resulted in a
contaminated subgrade

• The site has since been


cleaned up and capped
(2 ft fill)

• In this process, the


property received two
Covenants-Not-to Sue
(CNS) from the Ohio EPA
Voluntary Action
Program (VAP)

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THE SITE TODAY

I N T E R N AT I O N A L
PA R K
MARINA DISTRICT

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COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS

LEGEND
Views

Existing vehicle access

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What We Heard
Program & Vision Development

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METROPARK PROJECT GIVENS

Honor the values Connect the Toledo Enhance


and expectations Community back to environmental
expressed by the its Waterfront features
community • Prioritize reforestation
• Improve water quality
• Adhere to the 80/20 rule
of park development

Incorporate local, Advance regional


state, and national connectivity
trends in recreation
and accessibility

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INITIAL COMMUNITY / STAKEHOLDER INPUT

Regional Destination Water


 Programmed water activities
 Unique opportunities that don’t exist
 Families engaging with water
in other parks
 Has an adventurous component
 Create a reason for people to come
 Boat Launch/Ramp
to East Toledo
 Fishing
 Something big that makes it iconic.
 Kayaking

Activities/Events Connectivity
 Flexible spaces including a major  Downtown Toledo (via the
gathering spaces Three Bridges
 Winter activities  East side neighborhoods
 Youth recreation  Adjacent businesses
 Accessible to all ages/all abilities  Regional Trails and Parks
 The Waterfront
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COMMUNITY / STAKEHOLDER INPUT

e East Toledo


Reflect/share the East Toledo
history/culture
Energizes and activates East Toledo
Economic/Community
Development
 The park should contribute to
growing the economic base of
greater Toledo
 Attract regional visitors
 Make connections to Main St

Safety
 Perceived safety will be an important
contributor to park success
 Manage the landscape and litter

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PROGRAM – FUNDAMENTAL PARK ELEMENTS

riparian habitat upland habitat community event river access kayaking


restoration woodlands & prairie space

picnic areas trails and overlooks urban camping boat launch fishing
parkways

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SIGNATURE PROGRAM
Three elements were selected as those that best fit the goals of the project, the Metroparks mission and community need.

PERFORMING DISCOVERY ADVENTURE


HERITAGE HALL ARTS PLAY CENTER WATER PLAY WINTER PLAY WETLAND PARK
Imagine a community center that Think amphitheater seating and The Discovery Playground will Utilizing partnerships, the Get up close and personal with the Embrace the river through activities Artfully integrate stormwater and
can support a diverse range of other gathering spaces with the foster play and discovery, embracing Adventure Center becomes the Maumee River through activities like like sledding hills, an ice-skating wetland features into other park
programs for all ages including flexibility to host a variety of events fun while cultivating healthy central hub for the indoor and tubing, kayaking, and other water trail, and cross-country skiing. elements for more ways to interact
weddings, events, shows, and more. and festivals. development of children’s physical outdoor programming of the park. sports. with water.
and social well-being. Visitors can find adventure and play
with fitness programs, rock walls,
rope courses and more.

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RECENT COMMUNITY / STAKEHOLDER INPUT

• Support for adaptive reuse of existing structures

• Distinction of the Nautical Mile

• Main Street Corridor connectivity

• Shared amenity zone for campers and boaters

• Transient boat docks

• Emerald Necklace connectivity

• Relocation of the Rowing Club to the river

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Master Plan Concept

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Partnership Buildings
Park Buildings N

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Connect to larger trail networks

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CONNECT TO LARGER TRAIL SYSTEM

PLANNED REGIONAL TRAIL SYSTEM

TYPICAL REGIONAL TRAIL SECTION

Nautical Mile

Riverside Trail East

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CONNECT TO LARGER TRAIL SYSTEM

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FRAGMENTED TRAIL DIAGRAM FROM SAL

SHOWS BOTH NAUTICAL MILE AND REGIONAL GAP. AND OREGON TRAIL.

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CONNECT TO LARGER TRAIL SYSTEM – NAUTICAL MILE
EXISTING CONDITIONS

The goal of the plan is to create a multi-use


trail that encourages physical exercise and
capitalizes on the unique opportunities along
Toledo’s downtown waterfront.
- C o n n e c To l e d o | 2 0 1 7 N a u t i c a l
Mile Vision Plan, November 2017

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CONNECT TO LARGER TRAIL SYSTEM – NAUTICAL MILE
MASTER PLAN STRATEGIES

LEGEND
Proposed East Nautical Mile
West Nautical Mile

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CONNECT TO LARGER TRAIL SYSTEM – NAUTICAL MILE
MASTER PLAN STRATEGIES

Present Future
SOURCE: ConnecToledo | 2017 Nautical
Mile Vision Plan, November 2017

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CONNECT TO LARGER TRAIL SYSTEM – NAUTICAL MILE
EXISTING CONDITIONS

Future Future
SOURCE: ConnecToledo | 2017 Nautical
Mile Vision Plan, November 2017

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CONNECT TO LARGER TRAIL SYSTEM – RIVERSIDE TRAIL EAST
MASTER PLAN STRATEGIES

LEGEND
Riverside Trail East

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CONNECT TO LARGER TRAIL SYSTEM – RIVERSIDE TRAIL EAST
MASTER PLAN STRATEGIES

OVER – THE GREENWAY BRIDGE A planted bridge to connect the park area
• Increase access to park (not just the trail)
• Strong gateway element – with a strong park image
• Can encourage wildlife connectivity

Pa s t Present Future
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CONNECT TO LARGER TRAIL SYSTEM – RIVERSIDE TRAIL EAST
PRECEDENT IMAGES

OVER – THE GREENWAY BRIDGE

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CONNECT TO LARGER TRAIL SYSTEM – RIVERSIDE TRAIL EAST
MASTER PLAN STRATEGIES

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Aerial render with pedestrian bridge, ice cream shack, and discovery play in foreground and future boathouse, basin, 
and downtown toledo in distance.

View in International Park from pedestrian bridge looking towards downtown Toledo

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Strengthen neighborhood
connections

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STRENGTHEN NEIGHBORHOOD CONNECTIONS
EXISTING CONDITIONS

Physical and visual barriers


Sidewalks in need of repair

Streetscape that prioritizes vehicles

FRONT STREET AT MORRISON DR., LOOKING SW

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STRENGTHEN NEIGHBORHOOD CONNECTIONS
EXISTING CONDITIONS

Lack of sidewalks Overgrown


vegetation

SECOND STREET, LOOKING WEST TOWARD MIAMI ST. MIAMI STREET AT ALLISON, LOOKING NORTH

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STRENGTHEN NEIGHBORHOOD CONNECTIONS
MASTER PLAN STRATEGIES

LEGEND
On Grade Ped Access
Ped. Access from Anthony Bridge
Bridge Pedestrian Access

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STRENGTHEN NEIGHBORHOOD CONNECTIONS
MASTER PLAN STRATEGIES

TRAIL ACCESS

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One Park

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ONE PARK

One Unified Park


Shared goals, Shared vision

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ONE PARK
MASTER PLAN STRATEGIES

PARKWAY EXPERIENCE
LEGEND
Vehicular Gateway
Connection Over Ped. Bridge
Connection Under MLK Bridge
Vehicular Circulation

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ONE PARK
PRECEDENT IMAGES

PARKWAY EXPERIENCE

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ONE PARK
PRECEDENT IMAGES

COHESIVE LANDSCAPE

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ONE PARK
PRECEDENT IMAGES

COORDINATED PROGRAMMING

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ONE PARK
PRECEDENT IMAGES

CONSISTENT WAYFINDING

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Resilient Ecosystems

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RESILIENT ECOSYSTEMS
HISTORIC CONDITIONS

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Regional (OHIO, OUT TO LAKE ERIE) Historic habitats GIS
SITE
OAK OPENINGS REGION

HISTORICALLY BLACK SWAMP

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RESILIENT ECOSYSTEMS
HISTORIC CONDITIONS

INDUSTRIAL LANDSCAPE
INTERLAKEN IRON COMPANY AND AMERICAN
SHIPBUILDING CO., 1946

MAUMEE ROLLING MILL, CIRCA 1900

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RESILIENT ECOSYSTEMS
MASTER PLAN STRATEGIES N

LEGEND
Upland forest
Upland Prairie
Shoreline
Stormwater Wetland
Aquatic

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RESILIENT ECOSYSTEMS
MASTER PLAN STRATEGIES
HABITAT ZONES
UPLAND FOREST UPLAND PRAIRIE SHORELINE

STORMWATER WETLAND AQUATIC

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Connect people to the Maumee

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CONNECT PEOPLE TO THE MAUMEE
EXISTING CONDITIONS

EDGE CONDITION – BARRIERS – DENSE VEGETATION – SAFETY

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CONNECT PEOPLE TO THE MAUMEE
EXISTING CONDITIONS N
LEGEND
100-year floodplain
Vegetated Bank
Riprap - Armored
Sheet Pile Wall

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CONNECT PEOPLE TO THE MAUMEE
MASTER PLAN STRATEGIES

LEGEND
Stepped Access
Transient Boat Slips
River Overlook

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Facilitate community gathering

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FACILITATE COMMUNITY GATHERING
CURRENT EVENTS

FROGTOWN REGATTA

JULY 4TH FESTIVITIES

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FACILITATE COMMUNITY GATHERING
MASTER PLAN STRATEGIES

SCREENHOUSE PLAZA

MARINA/CAMPING
SHARED AMENITY ZONE

SLED HILL/EVENT LAWN THE BASIN


AND OVERLOOK DEVELOPMENT AREA

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FACILITATE COMMUNITY GATHERING
SCREENHOUSE PLAZA

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RENDER OF SCREENHOUSE PLAZA WITH DISCOVERY PLAY IN DISTANCE

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FACILITATE COMMUNITY GATHERING
THE BASIN DEVELOPMENT

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FACILITATE COMMUNITY GATHERING
THE OVERLOOK

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AERIAL RENDER OF OVERLOOK AND KAYAK LAUNCH.

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Urban Camping

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URBAN CAMPING

“Bringing camping to the city will let


families extend their park adventure,
and provide new, memorable
experiences“
- Dave Zenk
Director, Metroparks Toledo

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URBAN CAMPING
PRECEDENT IMAGES

COCKATOO ISLAND DOWNTOWN RIVERSIDE RV PARK NORTHERLY ISLAND


Sydney, Australia Little Rock, AR Chicago, IL
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URBAN CAMPING
PRECEDENT IMAGES

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URBAN CAMPING
MASTER PLAN STRATEGIES

URBAN CAMPING AND


SHARED AMENITY ZONE

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Signature Recreation

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WINTER PLAY

BLIZZARD OF ‘78

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WINTER PLAY
MASTER PLAN STRATEGIES

SLED HILL

ICE SKATING
RIBBON

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WINTER PLAY
PRECEDENT IMAGES

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WINTER PLAY
PRECEDENT IMAGES

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WINTER PLAY
MASTER PLAN STRATEGIES

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WINTER RENDERING OF SCREENHOUSE PLAZA LOOKING TOWARDS THE ICE SKATING RIBBON

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DISCOVERY PLAY

WHY?
Today’s kids spend • Provides hands-on learning opportunities.
over 7 hours per day
in front of a computer • Unconstructed outdoor play promotes
or television, and are problem solving skills in children.
increasingly
disconnected from • Beneficial in the educational development
of children with ADHD.
the natural world.
• Children and their families become active
participants in community development,
citizenship and democratic processes.

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DISCOVERY PLAY
MASTER PLAN STRATEGIES

LEGEND
Discovery Trail
Themed Major Node
Water Play
Themed Minor Node

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DISCOVERY PLAY
PRECEDENT IMAGES

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DISCOVERY PLAY
PRECEDENT IMAGES

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DISCOVERY PLAY
PRECEDENT IMAGES

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DISCOVERY PLAY
MASTER PLAN STRATEGIES

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RENDERING OF DISCOVERY PLAY WITH ICE CREAM SHACK IN FOREGROUND AND BASIN IN DISTANCE

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WATER PLAY

WHY?

• High priority for the community

• It is a destination activity.

• Access to water for underserved


communities affected by public pool
closings.

• Enjoyable activity for all ages, providing


relief from the summer heat.

• Part of the adventure of discovery play.


‘Toledoans Seek Relief From The Heat’
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WATER PLAY
MASTER PLAN STRATEGIES

WATER PLAY
BEACH AND
KAYAK LAUNCH

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WATER PLAY
PRECEDENT IMAGES

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WATER PLAY
PRECEDENT IMAGES

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WATER PLAY
MASTER PLAN STRATEGIES

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RENDERING OF WATER PLAY AREA

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Honor community heritage

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HONOR COMMUNITY HERITAGE
HISTORY + CULTURE

ROLLING MILLS

NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS

CHRISTMAS PARADE

Photos: East
NEIGHBORHOOD EVENTS Toledo Historical
Society

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HONOR COMMUNITY HERITAGE
MASTER PLAN STRATEGIES

ACME GATE HOUSE

ICE CREAM SHACK

SCREENHOUSE PLAZA

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HONOR COMMUNITY HERITAGE
MASTER PLAN STRATEGIES
ACME GATEHOUSE – ADAPTIVE REUSE
1. Adaptive reuse of historic structure

2. Well located – Along regional trail, visible from


Front St.

3. Multi-Purpose -Trailhead, Welcome Center, Office

Bike rentals + Bike tours Coffee, Office, Restrooms Exhibits/Artifacts ‐ Industry, People, Culture


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HONOR COMMUNITY HERITAGE
MASTER PLAN STRATEGIES

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RENDERING OF THE ICE CREAM SHACK

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F E E D B AC K

S TAT I O N 0 1 : W E L C O M E
S TAT I O N 0 2 : T H E B I G P I C T U R E
S TAT I O N 0 3 : T H E M A S T E R P L A N
S TAT I O N 0 4 : M A S T E R P L A N S T R AT E G I E S

Thank you for participating!


Please feel free to share additional thoughts throughout the process with Emily Ziegler at
Emily.Ziegler@metroparkstoledo.com

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