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Olander Park System commissioners have approved the purchase of more acreage for Sylvan Prairie Park, extending its footprint to about 220 acres.
The three commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of about 32 acres from Brint Park Holding. The irregular shaped parcel off Brint Road spreads south, wrapping around two residential streets before abutting existing Sylvan Prairie Park.
The estimated $540,000 purchase price will be covered largely by a $406,000 Clean Ohio Fund grant, with most of the rest financed with a five-year, $130,000 loan from Waterford Bank, said Erika Buri, interim park director.
Any residual cost will be paid from park system funds, Ms. Buri said. She expects to close on the property within two weeks.
“When you walk into the park with the tall grasses, you can see frogs and heron, and hear the croak of bullfrogs,” commission Chairman John Zeitler said.
More of a secluded natural setting than the Olander system's well manicured, flagship Olander Park, Sylvan Prairie is set in flood plains with a creek flowing through it and is set up to allow nature to flourish, with tall grasses providing cover for animals.
Commissioner Gail Abood said she was happy with the acquisition, as the system’s goal is to acquire as much land as possible for Sylvan Prairie, which had just 60 acres when it opened in 2006.
Acquisitions since then have included the $600,000 purchase last year of 40 acres north of Timberstone Junior High School from the Sylvania City Schools, which had reserved the land for possible school construction before deciding to build a new elementary school on the west side of Mitchaw Road instead.