Friday, August 04, 2000

VOA park design salutes history

By Michael D. Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WEST CHESTER TWP. — When asked what theme they wanted in their new park, residents had a simple request: Honor the community's broadcasting history.

        Designers of the new Voice of America Park listened to West Chester Township residents. Thursday evening, they unveiled an innovative park design to a receptive audience of nearly 100 at Cornerstone United Methodist Church.

        Township officials and park designers also revealed a cost estimate of $42 million for the 330-acre VOA Park, just north of Tylersville Road on the site of the former VOA Bethany Station.

        West Chester Township Administrator David Gully emphasized that the cost could be covered in large part by state and federal grants, as well as by corporate sponsors.

        “We intend to aggressively seek outside funding,” Mr. Gully said.

        “And it has been my experience that this community is willing to pay for what they want,” he added of the largely prosperous community, the fastest-growing township in Butler County.

        The design calls for a Voice of America museum — the first such free-standing facility in the nation — to be the centerpiece of the park.

        Other plans call for pathways radiating outward. They would be aligned with broadcasting signal directions from the former VOA headquarters, and proceed into a series of gardens and fields.


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