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« Reply #35 on: November 17, 2010, 09:21:26 AM »
Mountain bikers eager to tackle new Metro Parks trail
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
By Mark Ferenchik
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH


Metro Parks is working with the Central Ohio Mountain Bike Organization to develop a 12-mile trail at Chestnut Ridge Metro Park in northwestern Fairfield County, the first such trail in the park system.  Yesterday, the Metro Parks board approved the agreement with the group to help design, build and operate the trail.  Metro Parks will spend about $40,000 on it.

Mountain bikers wanted Metro Parks to build a trail 10 years ago, but officials balked back then, said Brian Adams, a board member with the central Ohio bike group and president of the Ohio Mountain Bike Association.

In 2007, the Five Rivers MetroParks system in Dayton opened an 8-mile trail at Huffman MetroPark near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in suburban Fairborn.  "They just rave about it," said Larry Peck, deputy director for Metro Parks.  The successful relationship between the Five Rivers system and the Miami Valley Mountain Bike Association helped persuade Metro Parks officials here to build the trail, Adams said.

The new trail is a big deal for local mountain-bike enthusiasts, he said. The only trail within 30 minutes of Downtown Columbus is a 14-mile trail at Alum Creek State Park in Delaware County.

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/11/10/riders-eager-to-tackle-new-trail.html?sid=101
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« Reply #36 on: January 31, 2011, 10:54:22 AM »
Metro Parks awaits budget pinch
District to tuck away $3.3M until 2011 state funds clear up

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 
By Mark Ferenchik, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH


Metro Parks officials say questions about state funding and property-tax collections are forcing them to delay improvements, land acquisitions and new hires next year.  The Metro Parks board recently approved its 2011 budget of $39.9 million. 

That's about 13 percent more than the $35.3 million the district is on track to spend in 2010 after voters approved a tax increase last year.  However, Executive Director John O'Meara said Metro Parks might spend only $35 million in 2011. 

The state faces a potential $8 billion deficit in its two-year budget due June 30, and O'Meara and board members fear a big cut in local-government funds.  In 2010, the district received $4.1 million from the state's local-government fund and $1.3 million in state grants, totaling about 16 percent of Metro Parks' funding from public sources. 

Metro Parks anticipates $2 million from the state's local-government fund in 2011.  With that in mind, the district will hold off on $3.3 million in improvements and operating expenses until at least the second half of the year, when Metro Parks officials will know what their state funding looks like.

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« Reply #37 on: February 10, 2011, 07:39:54 PM »
Metro Parks wants to build larger nature center
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
By Mark Ferenchik, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH


The price tag for a planned nature center at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park has grown to $4.1 million.  The cost increase, officials say, reflects plans to host larger groups of students and include more exhibit space.  Metro Parks' original estimate for the 10,000-square-foot building was $2.8 million.  Officials now say they need it to be 14,000 square feet.

The center will overlook an area where six bison were moved to on Friday.  It also will include geothermal wells to heat and cool the building and a green roof with grasses and other plants to attract butterflies.  The center is supposed to be finished by 2012.

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2011/02/09/metro-parks-wants-to-build-larger-nature-center.html?sid=101
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« Reply #38 on: June 27, 2011, 10:08:39 AM »
Metro Parks acquire more Big Darby land
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
By Molly Gray, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH


The Franklin County Metro Parks board has purchased land near Big Darby Creek in Brown, Prairie and Pleasant townships to improve water quality in the area and add to its parks.
 
Metro Parks purchased 102 acres from Frank and Vicki Dengg of Prairie Township for $826,000.  The land, located along Amity Road north of W. Broad Street, will be used in a habitat-restoration project, said John O'Meara, the agency's executive director.

The second property, 42 acres adjacent to Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, will be used to expand the park, O'Meara said.

MAP OF METRO PARKS PURCHASES

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« Reply #39 on: September 17, 2011, 01:17:11 PM »
Parks board OKs new nature center
By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch
Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 7:18 AM


The Metro Parks board approved a $4.8 million construction contract yesterday to build a nature center at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park.  R.W. Setterlin Building Co. is to begin work next week and should complete the building by September 2012.
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The center will have a 53-foot-long freshwater aquarium — with fish, mussels and insects from Big Darby Creek — as well as classrooms and an auditorium.  The board originally thought the project would cost $2.8 million for a 10,000-square-foot building.  Then, in February, the proposed building grew to 14,000 square feet and the cost estimate increased to $4.1 million.  Officials said they needed the larger building to include a larger multipurpose room and more exhibit space.
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The board also agreed to buy about 100 acres in the northeastern section of Plain Township for $1.7 million from C&Y Properties of Big Walnut LLC to expand the size of the park proposed for the area near New Albany.

READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/09/08/parks-board-oks-new-nature-center.html
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« Reply #40 on: November 02, 2011, 10:44:51 AM »
Metro Parks broke ground yesterday on the Darby Creek nature center at the Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park in western Franklin County.  Below is an article about it from today's Columbus Dispatch and a rendering of the nature center from the project architect, Design Group.

DISPATCH: Metro Parks’ wish list adds to nature center’s cost — and its cool factor

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« Reply #41 on: January 17, 2012, 10:15:08 AM »
Metro park near New Albany to get 127 more acres
By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch
Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 4:57 AM


The new Rocky Fork Metro Park is growing again.  Metro Parks is buying 127 acres in Plain Township for $2.2 million, which will bring the size of the parkland near New Albany to 777 acres.  The district so far has spent more the $10 million to buy land for the park.
 
The Metro Parks board this week authorized the purchase of the property between Rt. 605 and Schleppi Road along Franklin County’s northern edge.

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/01/12/metro-park-to-get-127-more-acres.html

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« Reply #42 on: March 26, 2012, 08:48:59 AM »
Camp Chase Trail section approved
By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch
Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 4:27 AM


The next section of the Camp Chase Trail in western Franklin County should be completed by early next year now that the Metro Parks board has approved a $2.3 million contract to build the link.
 
The 2.4-mile segment will run between Kropp Road at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park and the community of Galloway in Prairie Township.  Metro Parks has finished a 5.5-mile section from the park west to Wilson Road in Madison County.

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/03/15/camp-chase-trail-section-approved.html

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« Reply #43 on: October 16, 2012, 11:28:44 AM »
From the DesignGroup facebook page, photo of a group from the global EcoSummit 2012 that was recently in Columbus touring the under-construction Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park Nature Center.



More about the EcoSummit 2012 from the Dispatch: EcoSummit brings in green - International meeting to boost local economy by $1.7M, improve image of city, officials say
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« Reply #44 on: October 25, 2012, 01:58:38 PM »
New Metro Park nature center encourages visitors to get outside
By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 6:37 AM


The multimillion-dollar nature center opening this weekend at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park has plenty of attractions to lure visitors inside.  There are interactive exhibits about the wildlife and history of the area, a “living stream” and a spacious balcony from which to watch bison graze along the hill.  But the exhibits aren't meant to keep people inside.  They're meant to encourage them to go out and find those things in the park, said John O'Meara, executive director of Metro Parks.
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The new building, which qualifies as Silver LEED, was cut into a hill and will be surrounded by prairie grasses.  The roof is covered with drought-resistant plants.  Large windows face west, allowing the sun to help warm the building during colder months.  A geothermal system will reduce heating and cooling costs.  Ninety percent of the structural steel comes from recycled material.

READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/10/24/outdoors-lure.html


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« Reply #45 on: October 25, 2012, 01:59:12 PM »
More about the new nature center at the Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park from the Columbus Messenger.  Link below to an article at the Messenger.  Along with a front view of the nature center and a rear view which shows the building's green roof.

CM: Battelle Darby Park's new nature center set to open



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« Reply #46 on: November 26, 2012, 09:47:49 AM »
Board has final piece it needs for park
By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch
Friday, November 23, 2012 - 6:32 AM


Having spent its budget for property purchases this year, Metro Parks is taking on debt to buy more parkland.  The parks board has approved the purchase of 166 acres in southern Franklin County between Jackson Pike and the Scioto River for $2.2 million.  It is issuing $2.5 million in bonds.

The land is the missing link connecting two other sections the park district already purchased for a new park, bringing the total to 620 acres.

READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/11/23/board-has-final-piece-it-needs-for-park.html

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« Reply #47 on: December 11, 2013, 05:49:43 PM »
Metro Parks’ proposed budget would boost capital projects
By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 8:13 AM


Metro Parks plans to spend more than $5.3 million on capital improvements next year, including $2.5 million for the long-awaited development of Rocky Fork Metro Park in northeastern Franklin County.  The improvements, which also include $1.25 million for the Camp Chase railroad trail and $100,000 for bocce-ball courts and other work at Scioto Audubon Metro Park, are part of the parks district's proposed $27.9 million 2014 budget.

Metro Parks officials also are considering allowing beer and wine at two lodges and at reserved shelters at Highbanks Metro Park to attract weedings and receptions, and increasing fees for day camps and rentals of lodges and picnic shelters.

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/11/26/metro-parks-proposed-budget-would-boost-capital-projects.html
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« Reply #48 on: December 11, 2013, 05:50:15 PM »
Below is a 2013 Metro Parks Map that was in their Autumn 2013 Parkscope publication.  Metro Parks 2008 map was previously posted here in this thread.  Some changes to the metro parks system over the past five years include: 
  • Additional land purchases for the Prairie Oaks and Battelle Darby Creek parks in western Franklin County;
  • The addition of Greenway Trails to the park system (which include taking over the maintenance of existing multi-use trails previously built by the City of Columbus);
  • The addition of three new parks - Rocky Fork in northeast Franklin County, Walnut Woods in southeast Franklin County and an unnamed future park in southern Franklin County.

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« Reply #49 on: December 11, 2013, 05:50:27 PM »
An update from the Dispatch about allowing beer and wine at selected parks within the Metro Parks system: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/12/11/metro-parks-selling-permits-for-beer-wine.html
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« Reply #50 on: March 03, 2014, 05:44:33 PM »
Metro Parks buying 43 acres for $1.1M
By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 5:58 AM


Metro Parks plans to buy 43 acres along the Olentangy River that it passed on purchasing in 2005 because of environmental questions.  The land also had been part of an aborted land swap that would have given a wetlands preserve along Sawmill Road to a developer.

The park district will spend $1.1 million to buy the land in northern Franklin County from the Keith Urban trust to expand Highbanks Metro Park and develop the Olentangy Greenway Trail northward.

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/02/11/Metro-Parks-Olentangy-River-land-purchase.html
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« Reply #51 on: December 18, 2015, 09:15:33 AM »
Metro Parks opens Rocky Fork park north of New Albany
By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch
Friday, August 14, 2015 - 9:34 PM


The park is huge, like nothing New Albany has ever seen.  In total, it will encompass more than 1,000 grassy and wooded acres north of the city and feature running paths, a dog park and 3 miles of horse trails.  People already have been using the new park, Metro Parks spokeswoman Peg Hanley said, but Friday marked its official opening — or the opening of its first phase.

Rocky Fork — Metro Parks’ 17th park — was developed through a partnership formed in 2008 with New Albany, the city of Columbus and Plain Township, where the park is located. ... The first phase that opened Friday is 235 acres that include a family shelter, restrooms, a dog park and trails, including the 3-mile horse trail that will be added this fall.

Plans call for a 340-acre wetland to be developed next year with an entrance off Harlem Road, a parking lot, shelter and trails.  Parks officials will monitor how people use the first phase of the park to determine how to proceed from there, said Metro Parks Executive Director Tim Moloney.

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/08/14/Metro-Parks-opens-new-park.html
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« Reply #52 on: December 18, 2015, 09:16:20 AM »
Metro Parks asks for input as it creates first-ever strategic plan
By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch
Monday, August 24, 2015 - 7:17 PM


As Metro Parks officials plan their first strategic plan, they’re asking the community to rate the system: the parks, programs and facilities.  The park system’s executive director, Tim Moloney, is behind the idea for the strategic plan, which he said will guide the park system as it heads toward a levy campaign in 2019.  Franklin County voters approved the most-recent levy — a 0.75-mill, 10-year tax — in May 2009.

The Metro Parks system continues to grow.  Rocky Fork Metro Park — more than 1,000 acres near New Albany — opened recently, and the 620-acre Scioto Grove Metro Park in southern Franklin County is scheduled to open in the fall.  The system has grown from 13,000 acres in 1998 to more than 27,000, and the parks draw more than 7.5 million visitors annually.

Metro Parks is completing its sections of the 11-mile Camp Chase Trail in western Franklin County; the trail will be part of the Ohio-to-Erie trail that links Cleveland and Cincinnati through Columbus.  Officials plan a multi-use trail through Highbanks Metro Park and are talking about extending the Heritage Trail farther west toward Plain City.

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/08/24/Metro-Parks-asks-for-user-input.html
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« Reply #53 on: December 18, 2015, 09:17:17 AM »
Metro Parks plans $5 million in improvements next year
By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 5:38 AM


Metro Parks plans to spend more than $5 million on improvements next year, including a new nature center at the Scioto Grove Metro Park in southern Franklin County and parking and river access the for Olentangy Greenway Trail extension near Highbanks Metro Park.

Metro Parks commissioners this morning approved a $28.7 million budget, what Commissioner Jeff McNealey called a “status quo” budget coming during the second half of the levy cycle.  The budget is 7 percent less than Metro Parks’ total budget for 2015, but represents a 25 percent increase from what the district is on track to spend in 2015.  That’s because Metro Parks didn’t spend as much on land acquisition this year.  Plans call for $3 million for potential land acquisition in 2016, including $1 million to buy property at Rocky Fork.

Metro Parks opened its 17th park this year, Rocky Fork in northeastern Franklin County.  It acquired what is now called Homestead Metro Park in Hilliard, where the system plans to make improvements to playgrounds, picnic tables and shelters.  Metro Parks also broke ground on its 19th park, Scioto Grove.

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/11/24/Metro-Parks-approves-new-budget.html
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« Reply #54 on: September 13, 2016, 01:37:08 PM »
The 620-acre Scioto Grove Metro Park opened earlier this year.  Scioto Grove is located south of I-270 and east of Grove City along the west bank of the Scioto River:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/05/05/620-acre-scioto-grove-metro-park-set-to-open.html

http://www.columbusmonthly.com/content/stories/2016/06/central-ohio-parks-backpacking-at-scioto-grove.html


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« Reply #55 on: September 21, 2016, 04:09:27 PM »
Metro Parks' new land called 'Hocking Hills of Franklin County'

By Mark Ferenchik The Columbus Dispatch  •  Wednesday September 21, 2016 3:36 PM

The newest piece of property in Metro Parks' portfolio has managers there excited.

“It’s the most pristine property in Franklin County,” said Thomas Bonasera, the trustee for the Richard H. and Ann Shafer Foundation, which has agreed to sell the 98-acre property to Metro Parks for $4.1 million.

The land sits just north of the Little Turtle Golf Club in Blendon Township. There are no paths, and little evidence that anyone sneaks in to explore. The cliffs along the east side of Big Walnut Creek are at least 100 feet tall, said Tim Moloney, Metro Parks executive director.

And it’s only a 20-minute drive from Downtown.



MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/09/21/Metro_Parks_new_land_.html
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« Reply #56 on: September 22, 2016, 08:14:46 AM »
The photos and description of the property are awesome. It will be interesting to see how a connection is made between Blendon Woods and this new area. A trail along the river somehow? I don't believe Metro Parks owns property along Big Walnut.

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« Reply #57 on: September 22, 2016, 08:21:05 AM »
I've actually walked some of that property because a classmate in grad school grew up in one of the homes that directly abuts to the south. I'm glad to see it will be conserved.

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« Reply #58 on: January 30, 2017, 01:45:30 PM »
Metro Parks is putting together a new strategic plan:

- Article about the strategic plan:  http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/08/10/district-pulls-ideas-from-metro-parks-visitors.html

- Columbus & Franklin County Metro Parks Plan (PDF) - http://www.dispatch.com/assets/pdf/archive/THE_PLAN_combined.pdf
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« Reply #59 on: January 30, 2017, 01:45:46 PM »
Metro Parks plans 20th park south of Griggs Reservoir
By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch
Updated: December 7, 2016 - 10:45 AM


A 20th Metro Park might be coming to central Ohio.  The question is where.  Negotiations have begun with the owners of quarry property along the Scioto River south of Griggs Reservoir, said Tim Moloney, Metro Parks executive director, during a meeting with park board commissioners on Tuesday.  The board was adopting its 2017 budget.

Moloney would not say exactly where the property is.  But he said the park district wants to place a Metro Park within 5 miles of every Franklin County resident.  He pointed to the popularity of Scioto Audubon Metro Park just south of Downtown as an example that people want these parks in the city's core.

Most of the system's parks are outside of Interstate 270.  The system opened its newest park, Scioto Grove Metro Park, this year in southern Franklin County, east of Grove City along the Scioto's western bank.

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/12/06/Metro_Parks_plans_20th_park.html
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« Reply #60 on: June 19, 2017, 11:05:46 AM »
Now we know where that 20th Metro Park will be.  At the northeast corner of Trabue and Dublin roads, west of the Scioto River on existing stone quarry property and west of Upper Arlington.  Here is a google map link:  https://goo.gl/maps/vryHFUTXu2D2

http://www.columbusunderground.com/new-metro-park-mixed-use-development-planned-for-huge-tract-of-former-quarry-land-bw1
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« Reply #61 on: June 19, 2017, 11:16:08 AM »
^Looks like that could be a really unique park. I'll be curious to see how/if frontage along the Scioto is included/connected to the park.

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« Reply #62 on: June 19, 2017, 11:35:32 AM »
New Metro Park and mixed-use development coming to stunning quarry site in west Columbus



A sprawling limestone quarry in west Columbus will be turned into scenic parkland surrounded by mixed-use development under a joint plan by Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks and Wagenbrenner Development.

In Project QT, as it's being called, a portion of the 607-acre quarry along the Scioto River will be turned into a regional destination for outdoors enthusiasts: Climbing on dramatic limestone rock features, mountain biking and hiking on rugged terrain, and kayaking in emerald green quarry basins.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/06/19/new-etro-park-and-mixed-use-development-coming-to.html
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« Reply #63 on: June 20, 2017, 12:04:58 AM »
^Looks like that could be a really unique park. I'll be curious to see how/if frontage along the Scioto is included/connected to the park.

The Business First article said that 138 additional acres would be added to the first 62, and I imagine most of that would include the wooded area along te Scioto.  Also, they talk about connecting the Heritage Trail in Hilliard to the Scioto Greenway through the park, and a perfect place for that would be the old railroad bridge at the Scioto River.

I would love to see this happen eventually at the much more massive quarry sites along South High/23, perhaps as an extension of Scioto Grove.
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« Reply #64 on: June 20, 2017, 08:33:26 AM »
^If you enlarge the conceptual plan on Columbus Underground, it looks like there is a strip of land following the Scioto that is connected to the park on the south side. The forested area in between is kind of grayed-out, making me think it will be developed.

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