Developing Land Into Parks

by Kim Tewalt on October 17, 2012 at 8:45 am

The Muskingum Valley Park District is working to develop two new parks.

Director Bonnie Dailey met with the Muskingum County Commissioners Monday afternoon to update them on area park district projects. She says the organizations is working toward developing more land into parks.

"We are just starting, there’s a grant application through the Clean Ohio fund for land acquisition. It’s a property on Euclid [avenue] and Hunter [avenue] that’s owned by another organization and it is available for purchase." Dailey explained.

The other property currently belongs to the north Zanesville WalMart, but has road frontage on Military road in Zanesville. Dailey envisions connecting the art center and Trinity United Presbyterian Church parking lots to make the 2.3 acres more accessible. The Park District has worked closely with WalMart to try to secure the land.

"They’ve had a turnover in personnel and so we have to keep reinventing the wheel, I think we are on person number 5, maybe." said Dailey. "The local store has been really supportive, and they have made call on our behalf. We wouldn’t have gotten this far without them."

Dailey says the long, skinny strip of land can’t be used for much else than a pocket park. She says the nearby church has a boy scout group which would utilize and benefit from turning the property into a park.