Sunday, February 20, 2000

Deerfield parks get gifts

$20,000 donated for playgrounds

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP — The township's budding park system is getting a boost with a $20,000 gift from two of Deerfield's biggest financial contributors.

        The Cinergy Foundation has donated $4,000 to Deerfield Township for community parks, while Earl, Murray, Bob and June Bowen gave an additional $16,000. The money will go toward playground equipment for the township's four park properties.

        “We are very grateful to Cinergy and the Bowen family for their interest in assisting Deerfield Township,” said Township Parks Director Tony Lavatori. ""These funds will be used this year to implement high-priority park development.”

        Township trustees spent more than $3 million last year buying and upgrading park land. Deerfield's four parks comprise about 220 acres.

        Deerfield Park, on Irwin-Simpson Road, is a 23-acre parcel that trustees opened July 4. It has a five-acre fishing lake, tennis and basketball courts, and baseball and soccer fields. A two-story house probably will be used for office space, or community events and group functions.

        The undeveloped Kings Mills Road property consists of about 37 acres across from Kings Elementary School.

        The Fleckenstein farm is 150 acres near Mason-Montgomery and Bethany roads.

        Schappacher Park, 10 acresbeing developed by trustees, was dedicated in October and is expected to open this spring.

        Deerfield Township residents also rely on Warren County's 90-acre Landen Deerfield Park on Montgomery Road.


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