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Article published May 22, 2006

 

Greenways plan aims for linkup of nature areas

 

By TOM HENRY

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

 

Area residents today can learn more about a loosely defined, yet highly ambitious, effort to link northwest Ohio's recreational parks, wildlife corridors, historic sites, cultural centers, and education facilities together like an emerald necklace.

 

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The Fallen Timbers Bridge at the edge of Maumee, for example, is being built with a pedestrian walkway and bike path that could be used to connect Side Cut Metropark to a large trail system throughout rural and urban areas of metropolitan Toledo, said Scott Carpenter, Metroparks spokesman.

 

NICE. I actually ride my bike there whenever I visit Toledo. This is great news.

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Then you'll really like this news....

 

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Article published May 23, 2006

 

Metroparks acquire 28 acres that overlook river in Toledo

 

By ERICA BLAKE

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

 

Toledo Area Metroparks officials have eyed the banks of the Maumee River for years, looking for a place to turn vacant space into recreational land.

 

Yesterday the Metroparks board agreed to purchase 28 acres of land just south of the Anthony Wayne Bridge and east of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Plaza with hopes of turning it into Toledo's first riverfront Metropark.

 

Using a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the parks bought the land from the Samuel Geraldo Trust for $1.25 million.

 

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OMG this is f-ing AMAZING!! That land has been underutilized for God knows how long. It used by a rail/industrial area but today is completely vacant (and cut off from the public).

 

For those in Toledo, This park will be between the Andersons grain loading docks/elevators and the Anthony Wayne Bridge. Thank God something useful is finally being done with that land.

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Land purchases to extend Oak Openings corridor

Toledo Blade, 6/22/06

 

The Toledo Area Metroparks continued its efforts to preserve land along the Oak Openings corridor in western Lucas County when board members authorized the purchase of about 32 acres yesterday.  The land was purchased with funds from a levy approved by voters in 2003, but most of the cost of the land will be reimbursed through various grants, Scott Carpenter, a Metroparks spokesman, said. 

 

Since voters approved the levy, more than 1,500 acres of undeveloped land have been purchased and preserved by the Metroparks.  Included in yesterday's approved purchases:

 

  • 19.3 acres at 555 Degenfelder Lane in Harding Township for $154,000, of which 100 percent of the purchase price is being reimbursed by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's Water Resource Restoration Sponsor program.

 

  • 2.5 acres at 160 South Irwin Rd. in Spencer Township for $20,000, of which about 59 percent will be reimbursed through the Clean Ohio Fund.

 

  • 9.9 acres at 10142 and 10184 Frankfort Rd. in Spencer Township for $80,000, of which 100 percent of the purchase price is being reimbursed by the Ohio EPA's Water Resource Restoration Sponsor program.

 

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Park system takes steps to develop Pearson land

Toledo Blade, 8/3/06

 

Four years after purchasing undeveloped land adjacent to Pearson Metropark in Oregon, officials are finally taking steps to use it.  Oregon City Council recently decided to change the zoning on 306 acres of land north of Starr Avenue in Pearson Metropark from agricultural to park land.

 

The zoning had to be changed so Metroparks officials can start enhancing the area with historical artifacts - including an old cabin - dating to the time before the first settlers moved into the Great Black Swamp, said Russ Schifferly, project manager with the Metroparks' planning and construction department.

 

"We really haven't done anything to the property up until this point," he said.  "This will be the first. We're really excited to develop it as park land."

 

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Footbridge at Fallen Timbers opens today

Toledo Blade, 8/19/06

 

A dedication ceremony formally opening the $1.1 million footbridge over U.S. 24 near the Fallen Timbers Battlefield will be held at 11 a.m. today at the bridge.  The bridge, under construction since last year, will connect the Fallen Timbers Monument south of the highway with the Fallen Timbers Battlefield to the north. It will also link Side Cut Metropark with the Wabash Cannonball Bike Trail, which runs through Oak Openings Preserve Metropark.

 

More than half of the structure's cost has been paid for with funds raised by the Toledo Area Metroparks.  The dedication will occur on the eve of the 212th anniversary of the Battle of Fallen Timbers, in which U.S. forces led by Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne defeated a confederation of Native American tribes, thus opening the Northwest Territories to American settlement.

 

At 7:30 p.m., the metroparks district will offer a free presentation involving historical re-enactors who will explain the battle's role in American frontier history. The event will be held at the Fallen Timbers Monument near the new bridge's south end.

 

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MOBILE HOME

Toledo Blade, 8/23/06

 

A two-story log cabin is hauled down Lallendorf Road from the Johlin family farm on Corduroy Road in Oregon to the 300-acre addition of Pearson Metropark, where it will be the centerpiece of a planned historical area.  A new foundation is expected to be built for the 139-year-old cabin, which was donated to the Metroparks by Fred Johlin of Woodville.

 

Photo of Log Cabin being moved

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Lamposts to light paths at Wildwood

Toledo Blade, 8/25/06

 

Using decorative lampposts that formerly illuminated the streets of Ottawa Hills, Toledo Area Metroparks officials are lighting the paths at Wildwood Preserve Metropark.  The lighting project is under way at the park, and a restroom renovation project will begin later this month, both paid for from a fund established with a $1 million gift from Richard "Bud" Yudkin, who died in 2004 and was a frequent visitor to the Central Avenue park.

 

The lights are being installed around parking lots, walkways, and the Visitor Center.  Metroparks purchased and refurbished 37 lampposts from the village to use in the lighting project.  Helm and Associates of Maumee is installing 43 lights at a cost of $118,000.

 

Some of the cost will be offset by the sale of memorial and honorarium plaques that will be sold at a cost of $800 each beginning Sept. 1.

 

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Metroparks board buys acreage in Swanton Township

Toledo Blade, 8/23/06

 

The Toledo Area Metroparks board yesterday approved buying 52.1 acres of land, southwest of Oak Openings Preserve Metropark in Swanton Township.

 

The land, including a home, is being bought from Donald Siveous for $415,000. Located at 6215 Fulton-Lucas Rd., about 30 acres of the land is farmed.  The property also fronts Waterville-Swanton Road.  The property has rare oak savanna and wet prairie habitats, which are high priorities in the Metroparks’ Oak Openings restoration project.

 

Lucas County voters approved a land-acquisition levy in 2003 that has allowed the Metroparks to buy more than 1,500 acres for preservation and recreation.

 

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Meetings to spotlight future of Swan Creek, Secor metroparks

Toledo Blade, 10/21/06

 

Residents interested in the future of two of the area's metroparks are invited to offer input on design alternatives at two upcoming meetings.  Open-house meetings will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., with presentations at 5 and 7 p.m., at the following metroparks:

 

• Review alternatives for Swan Creek Preserve Metropark at the Yager Center, Airport Highway entrance on Monday.

 

• Hear more about Secor Metropark, on Central Avenue, 6 miles west of I-475/US23.  The meeting will be held Oct. 30 in the Nature Photography Center.

 

General Management Plans guide the management and capital improvements at each of the 12 metroparks.  The plans are updated occasionally.

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From the 12/11/06 Toledo Blade:

 

PHOTO: Earth-moving equipment works in the park’s northern end.  ( THE BLADE/DAVE ZAPOTOSKY )

 

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PHOTO: Metroparks representative John Jaeger points to the boundaries of the land that will become wetlands in Pearson Park.  ( THE BLADE/DAVE ZAPOTOSKY )

 

Pearson Park steps into the future

Development begins on wetlands area

By TOM HENRY

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

For now, it’s 306 acres of flat nothing.  But the frozen land that bulldozers are pushing around for another week or two at Starr Avenue and Lallendorf Road in Oregon will begin to take shape next year as the northern half of Pearson Metropark.  It’s a project John Jaeger, Toledo Area Metroparks natural resources director, said will take years, if not decades, to unfold.

 

Mr. Jaeger is excited about the expansion for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it’ll double the acreage of one of the region’s most popular parks.  He said 58,000 trees will be planted — a victory of sorts, given all the ash trees taken down in Pearson because of the emerald ash borer.

 

Countless other native plants, down to cattails and sedges, are expected to emerge from land that had been tiled and drained for years. The hope is that great blue herons and other large, majestic birds, will return, along with a diverse mix of small creatures, such as frogs, toads, salamanders, and other amphibians, Mr. Jaeger said.  “We’re in it for the long term. This is probably 75 to 100 years down the road,” he said of the site’s potential.

 

More at http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061211/NEWS17/61211003/-1/NEWS


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From the 11/30/06 Blade:

 

 

JERUSALEM TOWNSHIP

Parks board plans to buy 958 acres near Lake Erie

 

Toledo Area Metroparks board members plan to buy 958 acres near Lake Erie in Jerusalem Township, which would be the largest land transaction in the park district's history.  The board has secured a $6 million purchase agreement for the property known as Howard Farms, along State Rt. 2 just west of the Metzger Marsh State Wildlife Area in eastern Lucas County. The agreement runs for 18 months.

 

Park officials plan to use a combination of funds, including $1.7 million secured from the Clean Ohio Fund and $1.3 million from the park district's 0.3-mill land acquisition levy approved in 2003.  Board members this week approved the application for $3 million in federal funding to complete the purchase.  Scott Carpenter, metroparks spokesman, said the board, which has been granted federal funding for other projects, should learn by spring whether the federal money is available this time.

 

More at http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061130/NEWS17/611300347/-1/NEWS

 

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Pearson plans taking shape for metropark's historic area

Toledo Blade, 6/14/07

 

Plans for the historic area on the northeast end of Pearson Metropark are under way, but not yet finalized.  Five design choices for the historic area were presented last week in conjunction with the Friends of Pearson meeting at the park's Packer-Hammersmith Center.

 

About 25 residents who attended the meeting were encouraged to give their opinions about alternatives presented by Russ Schifferly, project manager with the Metroparks' planning and construction department.  So far, the historical area of the park, near Seaman and Wynn roads on the property's northeast corner, consists of a log cabin built in 1867.

 

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Pearson park expansion proposals coalesce around 1867 log cabin

Toledo Blade, 6/28/07

 

Plans for the northern half of Pearson Metropark are starting to move from paper to reality.  A 140-year-old log cabin is to be the centerpiece of its upcoming historic interpretation and preservation area near Seaman and Wynn roads.  The 1867 cabin is intact.  It was donated by Woodville resident Fred Johlin.  Work is being done to restore it to its original, rustic look, said Russ Schifferly, Toledo Area Metroparks' project manager.

 

The first 27,000 of 58,000 trees for the site's forested wetland project were planted in early April.  The remaining 31,000 will be planted in late fall.

 

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Article published January 22, 2009

 

Metroparks acquire more land

Oak Openings parcels in Fulton, Lucas counties

By TOM HENRY

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

Two more parcels in the Oak Openings region are being acquired by Metroparks of the Toledo Area, furthering the regional park district's holding of land.  The three-member Metroparks board yesterday authorized the purchase of 20.5 acres in eastern Fulton County's Swancreek Township for $170,000 and three acres in western Lucas County's Spencer Township for $30,000.

 

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090122/NEWS16/901220367

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Metroparks of Toledo Area presents plan for former South Toledo farm

Article published September 27, 2010

BLADE STAFF

 

A general management plan for the former Keil farm in South Toledo, much of which is now owned by the Metroparks of the Toledo Area, was presented to the public Monday night during an open house at the Reynolds Corner Branch Library.  The open house that was held as the metroparks seeks additional public comments about development of the new park at Reynolds Road and Hill Avenue.  Residents raised some questions and offered suggestions.

 

So far, the strongest comment for the farm’s future is tied to the farm’s past: preserving and promoting the farm’s agricultural connection is a key component of the general management plan drawn up following months of committee meetings.  In the coming weeks, the general management plan will be presented to the metroparks’ board for consideration.

 

Full article: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100927/NEWS16/100929663

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Metropark plans advance downtown

BY TONY COOK, BLADE STAFF WRITER

Published: 4/24/2012

 

Three years from now, Toledo's downtown riverfront could look very different.  Instead of a vacant steam plant, a fenced-off plot of grass, and a former railroad dumping ground, it could have a YMCA branch, new apartments, a city park with a fountain and concert stage, and downtown's first Metropark, stretching for half a mile along the southern riverbank.  Those developments -- long the pipe dream of Toledo city leaders -- are closer to becoming a reality thanks to several recent announcements.

 

First, Mayor Mike Bell received city council approval in March to borrow $2.2 million to renovate Promenade Park.  Initial improvements would include landscaping and the removal of a road that divides the site, but plans ultimately call for a stage and a water feature as well.  Then, late last week, developer David Ball announced plans to convert the long-vacant Toledo Edison steam plant into a YMCA fitness center, a University of Toledo Medical Center health clinic, and 67 market-rate apartments.

 

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2012/04/24/Metropark-plans-advance-downtown.html

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