Celebrating with a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony: Renovations continue at GCP&T’s Caesar Ford Park
Renovations continue throughout Greene County Parks & Trails’ (GCP&T) Caesar Ford Park, 520 S. Stringtown Rd., Xenia, in preparation for the Second Annual Caesar Ford Summer Fest on June 1. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 7, at the park.
GCP&T Director Jon Dobney says the park holds a special place for residents. “It is our largest park with more than 300 acres,” Dobney says. “Formerly the home of the outdoor drama Blue Jacket, the former amphitheater has been deconstructed and renovated to meet the needs of the community." We look forward to creating a park everyone can enjoy in their own backyard.”
The former gift shop/concession building has been re-roofed with new siding installed as well as the water supply and electrical system being updated, he adds.
The former dining pavilion has been extensively repaired and renovated with a new roof. The former gift shop and restrooms have been completely renovated with new asphalt laid surrounding the former amphitheater. New signature park fencing was installed near the front of the amphitheater and concrete repaired in the amphitheater’s seating area.
A new road was installed near the updated stage area with a new parking lot added by the shelter.
GCP&T Senior Manager/Projects Chuck Frazier adds the renovations were made possible by working with several community organizations. Greene County (Building) Services employees also provided support with infrastructure repairs needed during the project.”
“GCP&T worked closely with the Greene County chapter of the Ohio Horseman’s Council and Dayton Disc Golf to add approximately 10 miles of multi-purpose, natural-surface trail as well as an 18-hole disc golf course,” he says.
A new bridge crossing Caesar Creek was renovated to allow access for disc golf players and others visiting the park.
Additional improvements in the future include adding two primitive camping areas --- one specifically designed for horse enthusiasts.
Most renovations to the park are being funded by the GCP&T levy. Renovations will be completed by June 1 in preparation for Caesar Ford Summer Fest.
Caesar Ford Summer Fest will open at noon with a free car show, food trucks and vendors.
A county music festival will begin at 2:30 p.m. with Justin Bryan; 4:30 p.m., The Cleverlys; 6:30 p.m., Mo Pitney; and 8:30 p.m., Joe Diffie. Fireworks by Rozzi will end the day at 10 p.m. Tickets are needed for the music festival and can be purchased at gcparkstrails.com/summerfest or at the park office, 575 Ledbetter Rd., Xenia, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.