In March, the trees and plants had already begun to bloom. By the second week in June, Berea was experiencing the hottest day recorded in the last two years. The weather alone provides a great reason to stop by the pool for a relaxing and refreshing afternoon.
The pool is not only used to escape the summer heat; pool parties, a full concession stand, and swim lessons are also available. Jennifer Renfroe, recreation director, states that most of July and August are already booked for pool parties, yet a few dates are still available. Swim lessons at the pool are currently in secession and will start again on July twentieth. Continue reading Hot Weather Brings Business to Local Pool – (BOL Archives 2002)→
Berea officially opens the much anticipated City Park expansion featuring a modern Skate Park. Many were in attendance today as the Berea Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony started off the afternoon of fun and food. Maggy Kriebel, Director of Berea Parks and Recreation, was on hand to organize and manage the event. I was particularly impressed with Maggy’s obvious rapport with youth that came to celebrate the opening.
When Ms. Kriebel annonced the event was about to begin I thought to myself it will take a while to turn the chaos of what is a skate park into an organized effort, but the minute she called out the participants were drawn to her attentively focused. Maggie then proceeded to explain that this park belongs to you, the skaters, as citizens of Berea turning ownership of the day over to these inspired youth. I don’t know how you do it Maggie, but cudos!
The Mayor, Steve Connelly, officiated the event thanking all those in attendance and all those responsible for this day. Several other dignitaries were present along with some honored guest. The Berea City Council was proudly represented by Greg Lakes, Ronnie Terrill and Troy VanWinkle. I was surprised by such a low turnout of council members, but then it did occur to me that this is summer vacation time for many busy families. Magistrate Larry Combs made an appearance as did the County Clerk hopeful, Democratic Candidate Lisa Davis.
The city was also represented by City Administrator Randy Stone and Magnificent Maggie Kriebel. (Attend one Council meeting when she speaks and you’ll understand the name. No one can fake that much enthusiasm.) Other honored guest included the Berea Chamber of Commerce Director David Rowlette, Donna Angel of Community Trust Bank and project visionaries Dr. Emogene Hogg-Hartman and her husband Jim Hartman who have been pushing for this park for fifteen years.
Kyle Sowers provided sound services for the event, adding music to the already fun day. Free hot dogs and cold water were offered to all in attendance as well. The park itself was designed and built by Spohn Ranch out of Los Angeles, CA. The skate park installation took three days to complete and opened to the public on March 17, 2010. Spohn Ranch is the famed builder of the X-Games and have built more than 450 skake parks across the United States. Using the latest in skate park design the skate park elements were brought in by truck and set by crane into place.
The Parks features include:
Quarter Pipe with Guardrail
Funbox with filled Corners, Stairs and Grind Rail
Parking Grind Curb
L.A. High wall with brick texture
Curved grind edge
Taco Grind Rail
Raked Grind Rail
All in all this was a city gathering at its best with a focus on our greatest asset, our youth.
Be sure to checkout the BereaOnline Picture Story of the Park opening as well.
Story and Photos by Chad Hembree
Special Thanks to Rhonda McIntyre
This year’s Independence Day celebration at the Berea Community Park was more fun than a Barrel-of-Monkeys. I cannot imagine a better place to take the family and celebrate the birth of our great nation. Oh sure, you could go to Independence Hall, Washington DC or a host of other historically sentimental locations, but what better represents the true culture and spirit of The United States of America than a small hometown celebration.
Damon Farmer, Daniel Boone
As has become the tradition, Berea native artist extraordinaire, Damon Farmer was on hand crafting another terrific sand sculpture. This year’s subject was the legendary Daniel Boone with his family and the final project was everything we have come to expect from Damon. Continue reading Berea Independence Day Celebration 2010→