Zanesville, Ohio, September 2020 – While unveiling of the City’s new website, Mayor Mason also unveiled a new City Logo – with a slogan “Proud of Our Past, Pride in our Future.” For him, this isn’t just a slogan but a mission. Mayor Mason regularly keeps his finger on the pulse of our City in several ways; one such incident was chatter on social media about the condition of a few City parks. Mason responded to a post of a person whom was weed eating the concrete cracks at a basketball court at Cuddie Dixon Park. Frustrated, Mason quickly made plans for a revamp at Cuddie Dixon, a park named after a historic figure in Zanesville. He instructed the City street department to repave the neglected basketball court. Next, the City Parks department repainted the basketball court lines. Additionally the City put a new roof on the pavilion and installed new picnic equipment under the pavilion.
But the Mayor didn’t stop there. The City purchased $45,000 in playground equipment for Goddard Park, installation of the equipment began, September 30th. Additionally, the Parks Department had the basketball court at Goddard Park paved, the sidewalks redone, the picnic equipment replaced and the parking lot paved and striped.
At Riverside Park, the City has invested about 200 man hours on improving the drainage. The City is working with the Convention and Visitors Bureau to install signage on Interstate 70 and at key locations to direct traffic to Riverside Park. Currently the City plans to work with the CVB and Softball groups to plan and host a large scale tournament during the 2021 summer.
Mayor Mason Commented, “Especially with the COVID – 19 Pandemic impacting the mental health and wellness of our city residence, I believe it is important to have open space parks that improve our physical and psychological health, strengthen our communities, and make our City and neighborhoods more attractive places to live and work.”