Centerville will soon officially be home to Cornerstone Park, its second City-owned community park space. Cornerstone Park will be conveyed in two pieces: an 11-acre passive area and an active area that will sit along the water next to Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant.
The park will be a key component of the Cornerstone development, which has been a magnet for many first-in-region retail and restaurant interest near I-675 and Feedwire Road.
“This beautiful piece of parkland complements the overall Cornerstone project. It represents a unique opportunity for intentional greenspace within an urban development,” Centerville City Manager Wayne Davis said.
Cornerstone Developers LLC has committed to constructing all improvements in the active and passive park areas. Long-term maintenance will be funded in thirds: the City will be responsible for one-third of maintenance costs and two-thirds will be funded through contributions from property owners associations that currently maintain most public property at Cornerstone.
“This park will be an asset for businesses and residents of Cornerstone. Features including the public art piece, the pavilion area and the covered pier create a relaxing atmosphere for people who support nearby businesses like Cooper’s Hawk and Bagger Dave’s,” Development Director Michael Norton-Smith said.
The 18-foot-tall public art piece designed by artist Stephen Canneto will feature an image of several figures crafted from brushed stainless steel and dichroic glass. The glass sphere will change colors depending on the time of day and viewing angle.
"The addition of Cornerstone Park at Cornerstone of Centerville will contribute to making this successful development a destination place. This acquisition, along with expanding the free public programming at Stubbs Park, shows the commitment of the City to expand, as well as improve our amenities for businesses, residents and visitors,” Centerville Mayor Brooks Compton said.
The City received $1 million in Clean Ohio grant funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission to conserve the passive parkland that will include greenspace and walking trails.
The price to acquire the property is $1,472,108. Cornerstone Developers, LLC has agreed to donate the portion of the park not covered by grant funds.