Downtown Yellow Springs is receiving some last-minute upgrades meant to be in place before the busy summer tourist season. Crowds shown here in the 2016 Yellow Springs Street Fair and Music & Beer Festival filled downtown Yellow Springs. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Staff Writer
Photo: Staff Writer

Yellow Springs getting ready for summer crowds

Plans are underway to add parking, upgrade the basketball courts and spruce up the area behind the John Bryan Community Center in the months before Yellow Springs gets inundated with visitors this summer.

The basketball poles are down and the rims are set aside at the courts, where village leaders plan to install 26 new parking spots.

The basketball hoops will be moved east onto what were previously tennis courts, according to a news release from Village Manager Patti Bates.

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“Once installed, the old poles will get new backboards and nets,” according to the news release. “We hope to have two sets of hoops, one for teens and adults, one for younger hoopsters.”

The village of Yellow Springs is planning to add parking spaces and upgrade the basketball courts behind the John Bryan Community Center. RICHARD WILSON/STAFF
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A skate park sits behind the court area that can be accessed from the adjacent bike path by a set of wooden steps. Much of the ground beneath the steps has washed out and plans are to replace those wooden steps with concrete steps. Bates said $10,000 has been set aside to install the concrete steps.

Bike path users might have noticed much of the trees and shrubs that line the hillside between the bike path and the Bryan Center property are being removed.

That area is filled with dead vegetation and invasive species, village officials said. It will get new plants that are native to Ohio, as recommended by the village’s tree committee.

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The new parking area will cost approximately $2,500. The overall project, which includes the concrete steps, new fencing and gravel, is expected to cost less than $20,000, Bates said.

The aim is to install the new basketball court and concrete steps by mid-April.

Village leaders are looking to partner with people in the community to raise money to install the next design phase of the skate park.

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