Medina County Park District plans new nature center in Litchfield Township


LITCHFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio — While driving round previously rural Medina County, one can see quite a few acres which have been remodeled from woodlands and grasslands into giant housing developments, with dozens of homes and miles of concrete streets and roads.

Thankfully, the Medina County Park District (MCPD) is working with the State of Ohio to protect among the remaining open land for future generations to take pleasure in.

The newest mission will positively affect 145 acres in Litchfield Township.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, as a part of Gov. Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative, just lately awarded $900,000 to the park district to revive the property in the Central Basin of Lake Erie, with water flowing north to our Great Lake.

Restoring the property will cut back nitrogen and phosphorous loading in the watershed, which may contribute to dangerous algal blooms — a difficulty that has plagued Lake Erie in current years. This mission may also see the creation of greater than 60 acres of wetlands and the introduction of native crops.

The park district plans to open this web site because the Litchfield Wetlands Nature Preserve by the top of 2022.

Park Director Nate Eppink famous: “I’m looking forward to establishing a nature preserve in an area without a Medina County Park District presence. After chasing a number of funding opportunities to restore this property over the past decade, we are grateful to receive such significant support through the H2Ohio initiative.”

MCPD bought the land in 2009 utilizing Clean Ohio funding. There is at the moment no public entry to the location, because it has been farmed below an annual land administration settlement to maintain invasive crops from taking root.

MCPD will price range $300,000 of its personal {dollars} for public entry enhancements, together with parking, restrooms and path surfacing.

Parks Planning & Operations Manager Isaac Smith envisions greater than 1.5 miles of trails for guests to take pleasure in as soon as the location is constructed.

This is the second award the park district has obtained from H2Ohio. The first was for $1.52 million to revive three websites close to Chippewa Lake in Lafayette and Westfield townships. One of these websites, a 7.5-acre parcel alongside the Chippewa Outlet positioned off Kennard Road, shall be accomplished subsequent yr. The district will add parking and a kayak launch there.

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