Howland park board proceeds with addition

HOWLAND – The Howland Park Board is proceeding with additions to the township park.

So far, a pergola has been placed at the northeastern corner, and a walkway and garden will be installed later this year.

A pergola is a garden feature forming a shaded walkway or sitting area, often with a sturdy open lattice with woody vines. The area is 1,500 square feet for a garden.

Board Chairman Jim Brutz said the pergola was put up at the end of 2012. He said plans are to sell bricks in honor of someone for a brick walkway area by the pergola, which is north of the tennis courts.

Board Vice Chairwoman Jackie Mills said plans are also to put in various flowers, perennials and plants that are native to Ohio.

”We want the majority of plants there to be native to Ohio for low maintenance. These would be plants that residents could also have at their own landscapes at their homes,” she said.

She said the pergola provides shade for the gardens.

Brutz said the project is being done in conjunction with Kent State Salem students, who designed and constructed the pergola. In return the park board has agreed to help with grants for the students’ tuition.

Mills said members of the Trumbull County Master Gardeners program will be able to do service hours at the gardens and earn credit hours by helping and educating the public.

Brutz said the area will be ideal for people to sit and relax and enjoy the park

“I’m thrilled at what we have been able to accomplish,” Mills said.

At the January park board meeting, James LaPolla was appointed by Judge Thomas Swift to a three-year term as a park commissioner.

Brutz was named chairman and Mills vice chairwoman.

Meetings will be at 5 p.m. the second Monday of each month.