In an effort to prepared the Penney Nature Center for public view and academic alternatives this yr, Defiance County commissioners spearheaded a spring cleanup of the pure space Friday morning.
But that is solely the start of further enchancment efforts on the 78-acre pure space between Ashpacher Road and Ohio 15 in Noble Township that’s owned by the Defiance County Soil and Water Conservation Office.
Commissioners have already got ordered indicators that can direct guests across the website, which features a shelterhouse and a variety of trails. The lettering on older indicators has pale and is troublesome to learn.
Defiance County Commissioner Mick Pocratsky stated maybe three new trails have been made by volunteers via the wooded areas on the positioning final yr. This yr trails have been to be marked with completely different colours and signage.
According to Commissioner Mick Pocratsky, officers are requesting $50,000 from the state’s capital price range via the places of work of Ohio 1st District Sen. Rob McColley of Napoleon and Ohio 82nd House District Rep. Craig Riedel of Defiance to assist with upgrades. Such awards are granted via the state authorities each two years for native capital expenditures.
“Our two local reps focus on outdoor recreational opportunities,” stated Pocratsky of the capital requests. “So, that’s why we went with the Penney Nature Center.”
He stated the county ought to discover out concerning the request subsequent month.
However, he informed The Crescent-News that commissioners will proceed ahead with or with out the state monetary help. The enhancements would come with not solely signage however, maybe, an enhanced parking space close to the character heart’s entry level on Ashpacher Road and a few small foot bridges.
“We’re working to make the Penney Nature Center a destination of sorts,” he stated. “We want to do some road work out there to make the roads more favorable for school buses and we want to enlarge the parking lot to make it more favorable to turn a bus around.”
The county’s soil and water conservation workplace has held nature-related camps for college children prior to now and has two deliberate in June. But the general public basically is welcome on the website.
From the parking space a stone highway takes guests again into the character space — bordered often by wetlands — earlier than winding round and reaching the sheltherhouse a few half mile later. An indication on the shelterhouse notes the house owners of the character space — the county’s water and soil conservation workplace.
The nature heart was established roughly 20 years in the past after being donated by the Penney household — of the J.C. Penney Co. which for a few years had had a retailer in Defiance’s Northtowne Mall — and is open to the general public.