As a resident of Chagrin Falls, I have had my name spelled incorrectly in print and read information taken from Facebook pages in this publication. And while I have never countered such information publicly, when a writer who hasn’t attended a playground meeting in more than six months offers Mitch Albom-style inaccuracies – such as those presented in Barbara Christian’s “Window on Main Street” column published Sept. 16 – something needs to be said.

From 2021 to present day, I never had a single conversation with designer Mark Reigelman, who was chosen by members of council, the Parks Committee, the Connor Foundation and council-appointed residents such as myself. Other than two public meetings during which he presented his designs, I have never even heard his voice. When I was asked last June to help narrow down the batch from six designers to two, the budget proposed to those volunteering was 250k. Village Council chose Reigelman. From that point, all conversations with Reigelman concerning budget, the structure’s size and timing were carried out by Village Council President Erinn Grube. When the budget grew, so did our concerns. But not being a part of substantial conversations meant not being able to discuss any of these matters.

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