$120,000 project funded through grant
TIFFIN, OHIO – August 19, 2019 – Tucked away behind houses on Gail Lane and Longfellow Drive, Riverview Park is to go from one of Tiffin’s lesser known outdoor recreation areas to a flagship park. Construction at the 3.5-acre park is tentatively set to begin this week. Henry W. Bergman, Inc. from Genoa, Ohio, won the contract with a bid price of 120,757.
The project includes construction of a 0.25 mile asphalt loop trail, resurfacing of the existing basketball court and installation of playground equipment, a swingset, new basketball hoops, benches and trees. The majority of the work is to be completed by Oct. 1 and trees are to be planted by Nov. 30. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is being planned for late fall.
The project was funded through a $120,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and design and construction administration and inspection were completed by the City of Tiffin Engineer’s Office, allowing the entire grant amount to be used toward the project and all project scopes to be completed.
When she started on Tiffin City Council, Third Ward Councilwoman Dawn Iannantuono was contacted by a resident from neighborhood who asked about the park. When CDBG funds became available, Iannantuono suggested they be used to update the amenities.
“I’m just so excited that this little park will get some sprucing up,” she said.
Tiffin Parks and Recreation Director Bryce Kuhn said: “I’m very happy to see one of our park system’s hidden gems get the update it deserves.”
Mayor Aaron Montz said: “I’m glad that we were able to do the needed updates at Riverview Park with very minimal use of city funds. Not only will it benefit residents of Gail Lane and Longfellow Drive, but the whole community.”