Retention pond will get facelift

Eric Malo

Herald Staff Writer

Relief from flooding, is just around the corner. 

Beginning in the next couple of months, the city is going to break ground to expand the retention pond at then Foundation Fields. 

Mayor William Judge mentioned, “This will not affect any of the fields or the walking path but will double the size of the retention pond.” The cost of expansion will be around $200,000. In addition to this, next year, they will be looking at “Phase Two,” which involves the removing of one or two of the soccer fields for more stormwater retention ponds. If removed, Judge understands and will replace the fields. He is looking at a few parks but is leaning toward Newton Park because, according to Caroline Crawford, stormwater engineer, it is more cost-effective to create some deep depressions, re-grade and add French drains to keep Newton Park dry. Once finished, they believe the size of the park will allow for three to four full-size soccer fields. Judge says he doesn’t want to remove anything but, “Newton Park needs to be made more playable no matter what we do.”

An alternative to removing the soccer fields, Judge met with the new owners of C&M Church. The former owner, Dalton Smith, died and passed the property on to his three children. Two live in Florida and the other lives in Ohio. Judge spoke with two of the children, and they want to continue talking to officials about the use of the church. One of the children is into construction, so they understand the cost and reconditioning and getting the building up to code. Judge wants to do some engineering studies of his own to acquire the building for possible demolition to further the retention pond before taking away the soccer fields. 

Also during the July 11 Parks and Recreation meeting, Judge mentioned that he has been working with FEMA for two years on a project to buy and tear down homes on 14th Street to create green space and nothing can be built in its place. He also mentioned, “We are at the time now where property owners are going to have to take appraisal values.” This project has been put on a “shortlist.” Additionally, he had just recently filed to have the same “green space” program for 15th Street, but it is still a few years away. 


  1. Mike De-swine on August 6, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    one term for you

  2. David Pinegar on July 22, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    I grew up on 21st Street. From Wooster Rd. to Columbus Ave. there was a LAKE or two every Summer since the 50’s.
    I saw water depictions in the news recently of 14th and 15th streets.
    They don’t come close in comparison.

  3. realty plug on July 19, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    i have heard of 21st Century so they do mention it a few times.

  4. meanwhile...back in reality... on July 19, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    one retention pond is not going to curb that shit!!!

    • meanwhile...back in reality... on July 19, 2019 at 10:07 pm

      retention lake. maybe.

  5. Anonymous on July 18, 2019 at 10:43 am

    I can save Barberton tons of money and help the runoff situation at the same time.

    Make every residential street one-way then make them only half as wide the next time they are paved.
    This would mean less runoff from less pavement and only half as much pavement to maintain.

    Next, do places like the Giant Eagle area and Magic Plaza really need all the paved parking they have? The only cars I see parked way out near 5th Avenue or Wooster Rd. are the ones people are trying to sell.

    I agree that homes should have a stormwater fee levied based on roof and paved area on the property.

    Instead of mowing rainwater retention areas, let them revert back to their natural state with trees. That plan worked for centuries before humans started screwing around with things.

    Last-Dont build where it floods,stupid!

  6. reality on July 18, 2019 at 10:19 am

    The city has purchased flooded property at a cost of 90,000$ several years ago and now they have to mow it.I believe this property was purchased for retention pond expantion, not for growing grass. Dredging will not allow for more volume of water,this can only be done from water level and up! Robinson Ave. would not have to be blocked by police cruiser when city is out of barricades. Fix eyesore swamp,reduce volume of water upstream, relieve flooding downstream. Need help, the majority of this water is from Austin estates runoff ,roads,drives,roofes and saturated grass, charge them for excess water runoff! roof size x driveway size=$$$.

  7. Damage inc on July 18, 2019 at 8:22 am

    For starters, we should take the 200k and look at doing this project ourselves !! STOP writing checks and put your well compensated city worker’s to work. We have wrote millions of dollars in checks for street paving just on the side streets alone. Do you have any idea how much street paving equipment we could have purchased with this $ ?? Seems like no one has a single clue about fiscal works and financial investment down there. This is another publicity opportunity well orchestrated by your under achieving mayor. We need a mayor that is proactive instead of always reacting after the fact. Too little Too late seems to be the Barberton norm

    • meanwhile...back in reality... on July 19, 2019 at 9:12 pm

      sight and smell of this it gets me going!!!

    • smoke blowers on July 30, 2019 at 1:24 pm

      when all else fails beg a Republican governor for help!!! the cash will be used wisely for sure!!! wink and a nod…

  8. Praying on July 17, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    I live in South Barberton, what are you going to do with Elson, Van Buren, Dan, Stanley, and all the other streets on the south end of town!! We are waiting and we to lost our basements flood we have to replace furnace hot water tanks washers dryers and multitude of stuff as well!!! Do you hear us MAYOR!!

    • Move on July 17, 2019 at 5:51 pm

      blame the mayor for an act of god? guess what, when we get that much rain again it’s going to flood. It’s called insurance. or move to Kenmore. it never floods.

    • john mayer on July 19, 2019 at 8:55 pm

      prolly just laugh!!! I know I am!!!

  9. Coach on July 17, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    What a joke! Too little. Too late.

    • Move on July 17, 2019 at 5:52 pm

      too late? move to stow

      • meanwhile...back in reality... on July 19, 2019 at 9:16 pm

        pack em??? ship em??? get em goin???

  10. Woof Crick on July 17, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Anti-rain Rally at LAKE ANN this Saturday to protest and march against RAIN.

    • cats and dogs on July 17, 2019 at 5:52 pm

      its raining men

      • Hot dogs n buns on July 18, 2019 at 4:30 pm


        • Buns 'N' Hoses on July 19, 2019 at 12:22 pm

          Welcome to the Jungle

          • Obese Axl on July 30, 2019 at 1:18 pm

            I’m fat

    • 2 sca ra wass on July 19, 2019 at 9:00 pm

      rain is right!!! 40 days and 40 nights!!!

  11. Darla smith on July 17, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Buy up the houses now before they get flooded again and have to fork out more money to replace stuff . My sister just had over 5000.00 of stuff replaced this last flooding. It’s ridiculous. Dredge wolf creek. Start there

  12. S Despot on July 17, 2019 at 11:19 am

    I lived at 39 21st for a few years. I know exactly what you are saying about that area. Main reason I moved out of there. Your rental must be close by my old house.

  13. Pamela Shoemaker on July 17, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Why is 21st Street never mentioned. I just had to replace furnace, water heater and central air. Ton of personal possessions lost. This area has been flooding for years. Right off of Wooster rd. This property is a rental house I own and because it is not ‘owner occupied’ there is no help. How ridiculous! I live on Morgan and go for daily walks. Am sick of seeing sewers covered with leaves and debris. More needs to be done before Barberton becomes a ghost town!

    • meanwhile...back in reality... on July 19, 2019 at 9:18 pm

      21st street who???

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