SOON TO BE FORMER PARKS: Col. City could vacate 3 properties

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Park Board members will soon address the vacating of Mayor Park, North Side Garden and Langeloh Park in Columbia City with Park Director Mark Green to compose a letter to City Council members. “I think you (park board) have to basically suggest to the city council that you would like to vacate those three parks or put them up for sale,” Mayor Ryan Daniel said in Monday evenings park board meeting. “And, your suggestion being those proceeds of those (parks and garden) going back into the general fund for Columbia City Parks.”Dedicated to Mayor Teghtmeyer and Mayor Zickgraf, Mayor Park is located on N. Columbia Parkway on the west side of Columbia City, which is basically a small park for local residents to relax. The park contains a swing set and a 100-foot woodchip trail.North Side Garden is located at the corner of N. Line and W. North Streets, along with Langeloh Park located in Columbia Parkway.In new business, Green proposed new hours for the Morsches Park office staff.“We have always been 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.,” Green said. “With a new office person, I propose the new Morsches Park office hours to be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and these hours will be more convenient for people who can’t make it by 3:30 p.m.”By unanimous vote, the board agreed to the new office hours, effective immediately.“I think that is a great idea,” Park Board President Mark Ellis said.With the annual Father-Daughter Dance in February at the Columbia City First Church of God continuing to be a success, Green said the first annual Mother-Son Fun Night is slated for 6 to 10 p.m. this Friday at Paige’s Crossing.The event will allow participants to utilize the entire (Paige’s Crossing) park, including the batting cages, go-karts and putt-putt golf. “We (parks department) have sold about 70 tickets so far,” Green said. “Participants will receive a wrist band and get to use everything in Paige’s Crossing, along with six tokens provided.”Tickets for the event are $32 per mother and son, and $16 for each additional son. Tickets are available to purchase at the Columbia City Parks Department office in Morsches Park from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at City Hall.