MetroParks to Use Funds from Sale of Property to Improve West Side Parks
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Submitted by: Kelly J. Barkley, Supervisor, Community & Enterprise Initiatives
MetroParks To Use Funds From Sale Of Property To Improve West Side Parks
Butler County, Ohio (November 2, 2020) –
At its meeting on October 15, 2020, the Board of Park Commissioners of MetroParks of Butler County moved forward with the sale of 187 acres of real estate located at 5750 Dunwoody Road, in Reily Township. After expenses, the sale is expected to generate about 1 million dollars for improvements to park properties located on the west side of the county. The Board found that of the seven (7) bids received, Myron Bowling had submitted the highest and best bid at $1,050,000.
The board did not take the decision to sell the Stander Farm lightly but believes that its sale is the best decision for the park system as a whole. As the Board had discussed numerous times over the past several years, MetroParks strategic planning process should be focused on developing/improving regional parks with basic and unique amenities so that they will be utilized by the highest number of people. On the west side, Governor Bebb, with its natural and historical features, has the most potential for becoming a regional attraction drawing people from near and far. It is exciting that the sales proceeds from the Stander Farm will be used to enhance the historical features and improve/grant access to natural features on the property to create a regional park experience with something for every member of the family.
The public sealed bid sale process began in October 2019 for the property the park system had purchased in 2003. The Board directed MetroParks staff to sell the property through the public sale process mandated in the Ohio Revised Code. Additionally, they directed that the net proceeds from the sale be used to support regional park development on MetroParks Properties on the west side of the county.
During the October 15th meeting Park Commissioner, Daryl Nelson stated, “MetroParks has to balance conservation with access for all Butler County Residents”, alluding to the fact that the funds from the sale whenever possible, will be used as the required local matching dollar provisions of State and Federal grant programs and that, therefore; are likely to leverage greater funding for park improvements on the west side in the future.
As a first use of the funds from the sale, the MetroParks will be submitting a grant application for funds to improve the trails at Governor Bebb MetroPark. All park improvements supported by the sale will be marked by signage indicating where the dollars for the project originated and the moneys will be carefully tracked.