Tuesday, June 22, 1999

Deerfield Township unveils first-ever park on July 4




BY KEVIN ALDRIDGE
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DEERFIELD TWP. — The township will unveil its first-ever public park on the Fourth of July, but it won't be with fireworks and marching bands.

        Simply and quietly, trustees will open Snider Park to the public for picnics, sports, fishing and general relaxation.

        The 21-acre park on Snider and Irwin-Simpson roads, known as the Snider property, will be the first of two scheduled to open this year.

        “The parks, once they are all completed, will be a real physical presence for the township,” Trustee Larry Backus said. “They will be an important part of the quality of life for our residents and visitors.”

        With Deerfield Township's population nearing 20,000 residents, trustees knew they needed more than Warren County's 95-acre Landen-Deerfield Park on Montgomery Road to meet local recreational needs. Because prime real estate was disappearing fast and the price of it was increasing even faster, trustees placed a 5-year, 1-mill park levy on the ballot last November.

        Sixty percent of township voters favored the levy, which now generates about $501,000 a year. Trustees have used that money along with $2.5 million in borrowed funds to purchase more than 200 acres of land for parks.

        “It was important to the board to open two parks in 1999 to show residents the result of the park levy they voted for,” Trustees President Tom Raga said. “I think our new parks will compliment the existing county park very nicely.”

       



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