MetroParks to Dedicate the Angst Nature Preserve MetroPark in Wayne Township
MetroParks of Butler County is pleased to announce the dedication of the Angst Nature Preserve MetroPark, the 12th park in the county-wide system. Thanks largely to the vision of the late Helen Angst, the new 84-acre Angst Nature Preserve MetroPark, located in Wayne Township on Trenton-Oxford Road, will be the first MetroPark established in the township. The Angst Nature Preserve MetroPark was acquired by MetroParks from Three Valley Conservation Trust through a $363,900 Clean Ohio Fund Green Space Conservation grant.
Three Valley Conservation Trust secured the property in bequest from Helen Angst, who passed away in 2019 at the age of 93. Ms. Angst lived on the property her entire life, and envisioned that the land be used for public enjoyment as a nature preserve in perpetuity. After the property was transferred to MetroParks, funds were set aside to help improve and operate the land for public use through the Middletown Community Foundation.
MetroParks Executive Director Jonathan Granville said that “The new Angst Nature Preserve MetroPark was acquired to conserve natural resources, encourage passive outdoor recreation and offer environmental educational opportunities to the citizens of Butler County. With the addition of the Angst Nature Preserve MetroPark to the MetroParks of Butler County park-system, MetroParks continues to further its goal of offering parks to every resident of Butler County within a 15-minute drive of their house. MetroParks is excited to announce the dedication of this new park in October, and thanks Three Valley Conservation Trust, the Middletown Community Foundation, the Clean Ohio Fund and the Helen Angst family for their help in making this park a reality.”
Future planned improvements to the Angst Nature Preserve MetroPark include nature trails, a playground, restroom facilities, and the conversion of a bank barn on the property into a shelter. Improvements will be made as funds become available. Immediately, the park offers a one-mile hiking trail which traverses woods, small streams, and farm fields. The farm fields will be restored to natural meadows in the future. A trail map is available on the MetroParks website.
Unless otherwise announced, the property will be open to the public daily from 8 a.m. until dark. A MetroParks Motor Vehicle Permit (MVP) is required for all park visitors, and are available to residents of Butler County for FREE.
A dedication event for the Angst Nature Preserve MetroPark will be held on October 22, 2021 at 3:00pm at the new park. This dedication event is open to the public. For more information about the Angst Nature Preserve Dedication event, how to obtain an MVP, or the Angst Nature Preserve MetroPark, please visit www.YourMetroParks.net, or call (513) 867-5835.