The gates at the Saybrook Township Park have now been opened for the season. The park just completed an emergency shoreline repair and construction equipment and vehicles required the park closure to ensure safety. The Park Board was granted a temporary emergency permit from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on 9-9-2019 and has been working with an engineering company and contractor to address the failure of the existing erosion control along 200 feet of the west shoreline. The current lake levels and lack of ice buildup over the winter have wreaked havoc along the lakefront and required emergency remediation to protect the park assets. The existing erosion control structures were completed over 20 years ago and although they held for a significant amount of time, the constant wave action and lake levels have resulted in failures.
This project is only a portion of the work required as the total cost exceeds the park revenues and initial estimate was in excess of $350,000. This work has stabilized further damage but does not cover the back-fill to the bank, drainage, slope, or problems that may occur with the east shoreline. The Park Board will be forced to place those additional issues before the voters in Saybrook.
In addition to the construction issues, the Covid-19 virus and orders of the Ohio Department of Health required the closure of the Park due to gatherings, playgrounds, basketball courts, etc. Reservations for 2020 and summer concerts have been canceled for compliance and social distancing signs have been posted. The park is open on a “limited basis” as the playground, basketball court and east pavilion and east restroom are closed. The Park Board appreciates the patience and understanding of the residents of Saybrook as this has been a trying time for all. Updates on further openings will be posted on the park Facebook page or website.