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Published: Wednesday, 4/14/2004

Springfield Township buys 30 acres of parkland for $200,000

BY MIKE JONES
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Springfield Township is adding 30 acres to its Community Homecoming Park and paying $150,000 cash for the land.

The township has already paid $50,000 toward the $200,000 price tag to a subsidiary of the Bostleman Corp., which owns the land.

But rather than making a series of payments for the rest of the money owed, trustees chairman Marylin Yoder said that because the township has the funds now, "why not just pay it off?''

Title work needs to be completed on the land that is south and east of the park, but the property transfer should occur within a month, according to township administrator Bob Anderson.

The township has been looking for land to add to public holdings and the 30 acres was particularly attractive because it is contiguous to the township's park on Angola Road south of Wentworth Street.

The park now is a 40-acre rectangle with soccer fields and ball diamonds.

Much of the park is given over to active recreation, but there is a southern area near a pond meant for relaxation and

picnics.

That area abuts part of the 30 acre-tract that is being purchased.

Mr. Anderson said that if there is any work done on the newly acquired land this year, it will probably be limited to establishing walking trails. He noted that some trails have been developed by people walking in the area and he will discuss the best future alignment with the Toledo Area Metroparks before any work begins.

If there are endangered plants, the township doesn't want to establish a path that might put them in peril, he said.

It's a step, township officials said, in their efforts to increase parkland.

In developing a new master plan for the township, consultants noted that there was only about 50 acres of parkland owned by the township, although standards developed by the National Parks and Recreation Association recommend the township should have about 240 acres.

Although the township may fall short in ownership of acres, officials note it has open space holdings by the metroparks as well as by the Adams Conservation Area and Club 16, on King Road.

Contact Mike Jones at:

mjones@theblade.com

or 419-724-6096.



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