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* News Release *
 
Thursday, August 14, 2003
For Immediate Release

BCEO FACILITATES METROPARKS LAND ACQUISITION
21-Acre Addition to Gilmore Ponds Preserve

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens announces that the purchase of a 21-acre addition to the Gilmore Ponds Interpretive Preserve was completed on August 5. The Butler County Engineer's Office facilitated the land acquisition for MetroParks of Butler County, providing all necessary documentation to secure the $194,370 grant.

The purchase was made possible from first round funding from the recently enacted state Clean Ohio Fund grant program and is the first piece to be acquired for the proposed Port Union - Gilmore Ponds Conservation Corridor, according to Mike Muska, MetroParks Director. The land, which will be reserved as open space and conservation acreage, is situated in Fairfield along Gilmore Road south of the Miami-Erie Canal.

The Conservation Corridor project is a collaborative venture among Butler County, the BCEO, MetroParks of Butler County, and West Chester Township. The corridor is anchored on the west end by MetroParks' Gilmore Ponds Interpretive Preserve and on the east end by a planned park development at Port Union. Lands along the corridor follow the Miami-Erie Canal and Mill Creek and will be acquired for green space, conservation use, flood plain preservation, and passive outdoor recreation activities.

Because the Conservation Corridor project crosses multiple jurisdictions, Butler County acted as the grant applicant while the Butler County Engineers Office has served as the project manager.

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For more information contact:

Chris Petrocy, BCEO Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 • Fax 513.867.5849


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