Monday, January 21, 2002

Turtlecreek park in the making

By Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        TURTLECREEK TWP. — The township is making inroads on its first park, with a section expected to be completed this spring.

        Turtlecreek, in central Warren County, bought the 26-acre site more than three years ago, Trustee Jim VanDeGrift says, and has been planning and saving for its eventual development. “With all the subdivisions that are being built, people need a place to enjoy themselves — green space,” he says.

        Now, residents must go to neighboring communities such as Lebanon and Monroe to find public parks.

        Trustees held meetings with residents before planning the park, and learned that they preferred a “passive” park for picnicking and walking rather than ballfields.

        The park will eventually have three parking areas, two playgrounds, two bandstands and an extensive system of nature trails, according to the plan developed by engineering firm Brandstetter Carroll Inc. Two of the paths will lead into a wooded area owned by Otterbein Homes, a retirement community.

        Township employees are doing much of the work. The first parking lot, restrooms and picnic shelter should be finished this spring, Mr. VanDeGrift says.


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