'I Love Olander Day' promotes Sylvania parks ahead of November general election

SYLVANIA, Ohio (13abc Action News) - It was a day filled with music, food and family-friendly activities for people at Olander Park.

"It's a great place to bring the family—taking walks around the park here," said Sylvania resident Jamie Moan.

Volunteers with the group Citizens for Olander helped put on the first-ever 'I Love Olander Day' Sunday.

Organizers say the goal of the donation-driven event was to show the important role Sylvania's parks play in the community.

"You've got a place where you can boat, you can fish, you can walk, you can run. There's playgrounds. You can picnic. People have had weddings. There's all kinds of community events. There's running, those kinds of things," said volunteer-organizer Lynda Hoffman. "So it's a great place to gather and give back."

Sylvania's city parks have been without funding for months. That's because park officials failed to file paperwork in time for a new levy that was supposed to be on last year's ballot.

As a result, the parks made cut-backs over the summer that translated into lay offs, reduced wages and limited programming. But come November 7, Sylvania voters will see a new issue on their ballots.

"The levy's desperately needed," said Hoffman. "A lot of things could be done to make this park a place that people really want to go to."

Issue 11 is a new five-year, 0.8 mills levy to fund the parks. If passed, leaders say it would cost the owner of a $150,000 property a little more than $19.00 per-year.

"Great parks equals a great place to live," said Jamie Moan of living in Sylvania.

Moan says he and his wife plan to vote "yes" on the issue as they feel the parks are a great community asset.

"I really value nature and the outdoors and our park systems, and I think they're really important here," said Sarah Moan.

It's though Sunday's event that organizers say they hope more people get on board with the Moans to approve Issue 11 come November.

"We really need everybody's vote," said Sylvania resident Chris Donatini.