Monday, May 01, 2000

Boone's newest park hooks plenty of anglers

Lake makes debut at England-Idlewild

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BURLINGTON — With tackle boxes, fishing hats and poles in hand, a mass of children and parents flocked to Boone County's newest park to fish on Sunday.

        Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers Inc. provided poles and bait for the youth fishing derby, which was part of the grand opening of England-Idlewild Park.

        “This park is so big we could be adding things for a long time to come,” said Deputy County Administrator John Stanton.

        The park was dedicated in memory of Charles A. England, an avid volunteer in Boone County who died in 1997.

        He was owner of Little Britain Horse Farm and served on the Boone County Fair Board as grounds superintendent and director of activities.

        The 290 acres off Idlewild Road just past the Boone County Fairgrounds are owned by the airport.

        The land is leased to the county under a 15-year agreement.

        The park now includes seven athletic fields, garden plots, and paved and mulched trails.

        The county will add shelters, an 18-hole Frisbee golf course, restrooms and a playground.

        County officials also hopes to add basketball courts.

        “It's a work in progress,” said Boone County Judge-executive Gary Moore.

        Jordan Letsinger, 12, and his sister, Allie, 7, enjoyed the sunny weather.

        Jordan only caught one fish before his pole broke but got his picture taken with the one that didn't get away.

        They, as well as the other children who participated, also got certificates.

        “I guess I just tried to be patient,” he said. “It worked. One time.”

        Hannah Marcum, 9, wore a blue fishing hat that brought her some luck.

        “I like to fish,” she said. “I got a bass, I got a catfish and sunlight fish.”

        She wasn't too sure what a sunlight fish was, though, but she added: “This is probably the most fish I've caught in a day.”

        Mr. England's wife, Phyllis, attended the dedication.

        “I think he would have been honored,” she said. “I think he would have been delighted. I'm looking forward to seeing it grow.”

        England-Idlewild Park will be open every dayfrom dawn until dusk.


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