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The Maples Park in Crestwood, Ky., features new amenities

Park project nears completion of its Phase II plan



CRESTWOOD, Ky. (September 2020) – The city of Crestwood, Ky., unveiled its latest addition to The Maples Park on July 3 with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Dennis Deibel Barn. Named for the former Crestwood mayor emeritus, the barn is included in Phase II of the overall project.
“To say I was surprised is an understatement,” said Deibel, who was mayor for 46 years. “I had no idea they would put my name on it. It was quite an honor. I’m proud to be a part of it and hope for its continued success.”
The city of Crestwood purchased the property in 2009 for $2 million while Deibel was mayor. Located at 6826 Hwy. 22, between Hwy. 22 and Hwy. 146, it officially opened as a park in April 2018.
The property was purchased from Vincent Fanelli who had two stipulations: that he would be able to live there until he died and that it would be kept in perpetuity for the community to enjoy. Fanelli inherited the estate, once comprised of 25 acres until Hwy. 22 came through, after he married Mary Louise Ott in 1947.

Photo by Helen McKinney

The newly restored barn at The Maples Park in Crestwood, Ky., was named in honor of former Mayor Dennis Deibel.


The Ott family had purchased the land in 1905. Mr. Ott was a partner in American Standard Plumbing and had bought the land as a present for his wife. The Ott family farmed on a small scale and raised Angus cattle.
Deibel knew Fanelli for a number of years. For a long time, Deibel said he “had a vision of doing something with that property. We purchased it when Mr. Fanelli agreed to sell to us. I think it will continue to be a major asset to the city of Crestwood and to Oldham County as well.”
To have a “20-acre piece of property in downtown Crestwood is a great thing,” said Deibel, a lifelong Crestwood resident, community advocate and former volunteer firefighter. If we hadn’t taken steps to keep it as a park, it would be covered with homes.”
A master plan was created for the 22-acre park based on public input, said Sarah Kopke-Jones, owner and principal landscape architect for Jones Landscape Architecture. Her husband, Gant Jones, became the project leader for The Maples Park after expressing an interest in it to Deibel. Jones is an architect with Jones Design Architecture & Planning.
In addition to the main house, the property consisted of a circa 1905 barn that has been disassembled due to poor structural shape. “The Deibel Barn is a replica of the original in the exact same location, but now with modern amenities such as HVAC, audio visual and restrooms,” Kopke-Jones said.
The Dennis Deibel Barn “will be used for City Council meetings once a month and can be rented to the public for gatherings including weddings and presentations,” she said. Although no events have been booked yet, there have been inquiries about holding birthday parties and receptions there, said Deibel.
Kopke-Jones said that in following with current COVID-CDC guidelines, only gatherings of 50 people or less are allowed. This 1,600-square-foot replica livestock barn has a vaulted ceiling with schoolhouse-style pendant lighting and shiplap pine interior with heating and air conditioning.
Additional amenities include audio visual components such as surround sound with projector and screen. Alcohol is permitted with the use of a licensed bartender. There is a small caterer’s area in the barn, and other adjacent buildings can be used for catering for larger events. Additional parking is available adjacent to the park.
“The Deibel Barn can hold 100 seated, 150 cocktail style, 200 assembly or presentation style seating,” Kopke-Jones said. “The barn interior displays a carriage once owned by the original family and historic imagery of Crestwood. A garage roll-up door allows for use of the adjacent greenhouse space for a band or refreshment table.”
She said there are many unique features of The Maples Park. Recreationally, the park includes a paved walking loop that is about a half mile total with a mulch trail within the wooded area that adds an additional 0.26 miles. A farm-themed playground and sprayground with shade pavilion are located adjacent to the Deibel Barn.

Photo by Helen McKinney

A new playground is among The Maples Park features.


“The property was once a boutique farm and has other unique buildings, including a stone teahouse, laundry building, equipment barn, and girls and boys playhouses,” Kopke-Jones said. “The girls and boys playhouses were renovated by the South Oldham Rotary as a generous donation to the park. The 1960s-era main house is currently a private caretaker residence.”
The Dennis Deibel Barn was included in Phase II of the park project. More recent additions include the donation of a new stone seat wall near the rear of the park at the railroad by the South Oldham Lions Club.
“As you sit at this location, long views can be seen from this vantage point. All new stonework within the park was crafted by local Crestwood master stone mason Jack Hurd, who is also currently at work on repairs to the historic garden wall central to the park,” said Kopke-Jones.
Included in the master plan had been the suggestion for a small amphitheater for community events, she said.”It is unknown at this time if or when that piece will be constructed.”
The park is open daily from sunrise until sunset with gates closing at 8 p.m.
n For more information or enquiries about booking the Dennis Deibel Barn, contact the city of Crestwood at (502) 241-7088 or message them on Facebook at TheMaplesPark.

 

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