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WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP

COMMUNITY SERVICES
PARKS, RECREATION & CULTURAL ARTS

MEDIA RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: BARBARA WILSON 759-7308, 304-4701

TWO WEST CHESTER PROJECTS RECEIVE AWARDS FROM STATE

The Muhlhauser Barn at Beckett Park and The Square @ Union Centre were recognized this
week by the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association. The two Township facilities were
recipients of OPRA 2008 Awards of Excellence.

“We are humbled by the recognition from OPRA and are grateful to all those who make
projects such as these a reality,” said Township Administrator Judi Boyko. “The Square and
The Barn represent who we are as a community and their success is validation of our efforts
to work together with our residents and businesses to remain a great place to live, work and
play.”

Acknowledgement for seeing these projects through to completion goes to: The West
Chester Board of Trustees, Township Administration and staff, as well project designers
McGill Smith Punshon, Inc., corporate partners and private donors who all share in this
success.

The Muhlhauser Barn, awarded second place in facilities of $1 million to $5 million, is a


reconstructed 1880s timber-frame barn that was once part of the Muhlhauser family farm.
The Barn was donated to the Township by Ohio Casualty, was dismantled through
contributions by the Muhlhauser family and was reconstructed at Beckett Park by West
Chester Township. Reconstruction of the Barn was financed with taxes generated by private
development in the Union Centre area.

The integrity of the 1880 Barn is maintained with re-use of the actual timbers inside the
structure and the original tile roof with the Muhlhauser name inscribed. The Barn is now
available for rent for private functions and is used for community celebrations.

The Square @ Union Centre made its debut this summer in the heart of the Union Centre
Business District. The Square @ Union Centre was recognized with a third-place award for
projects valued at $1 million to $5 million. The new downtown center for the community
features the First Financial Clock Tower, fountains, green space and plenty of places to sit
and relax. The Square is the site of a weeknight concert series during the summer months
and the Union Centre Boulevard Bash. The Township’s new library is being constructed
adjacent to The Square to create a true civic center for the community. The Square @ Union
Centre was built and is programmed through partnerships with area businesses and utilizing
taxes generated by business development within the district.