Public Meeting Part of Planning New Metropark on the Waterfront

Daily Dose  |  06/16/2017 4:30 pm

Public Meeting Part of Planning New Metropark on the Waterfront
Wednesday, June 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Waite High School Cafeteria, 301 Morrison Drive, Toledo
Metroparks will hold a public meeting Wednesday, June 21, in the cafeteria at Waite High School as part of the process of developing a master plan for a new waterfront park on the east bank of the Maumee River, opposite downtown Toledo. The open house style meeting will begin with a brief presentation at 5:30 followed by smaller discussions until 7:30 p.m. at tables set up around the room.
Metroparks previously announced plans to purchase 70 acres of the property known as the Marina District on Toledo’s east side, and has hired SmithGroupJJR to develop a master plan. The company created the master plan for Middlegrounds Metropark, now open downtown between Ottawa Street and the river.
At the public meeting, representatives of Metroparks and SmithGroupJJR will hear suggestions from the public, answer questions and share what they have learned from discussions with user groups, business leaders, local government officials and others.
The park, which has not yet been named, will be the sixth Metropark on the Maumee River. The park system leased property in 1930 from the state to establish its first park, Side Cut, in Maumee. Soon after, it added Farnsworth, Bend View and Providence, which are all connected by the Towpath Trail between Waterville and Providence Township. The newest Metropark, Middlegrounds, opened in September on the downtown Toledo riverfront.
All of the river parks and other sites along Ohio’s 108-mile stretch of the Maumee River will be part of a state-designated water trail currently pending approval by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
In April, Metroparks announced that it would purchase the majority of the riverfront property owned by ProMedica. At the same time, ProMedica announced plans to sell a portion of the land to Columbus-based Continental Real Estate Companies to develop housing and retail that will complement the park. ProMedica purchased the property last year, and held its own public meetings to obtain community input.
Planning and Development Summary
Metroparks will purchase from ProMedica a total of 53.75 acres of land in three phases (acreage is approximate):
- Phase 1 (2017): 21 acres; $1.2 million purchase price. A $1.9 million Clean Ohio Fund grant has been secured for acquisition and development. A $1.3 million Sustain Our Great Lakes grant has been requested for shoreline and habitat restoration. And a $950,962 Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality grant has been requested to close a gap in the regional trail network through the property.
- Phase 2 (2018): 15 acres, $880,500 purchase price; grant funding to be requested
- Phase 3 (2019): 17.75 acres, $1 million purchase price; grant funding to be requested
- Metroparks will also assume an option to purchase an additional 17.8 acres of land owned by the City of Toledo
The Board of Park Commissioners  entered into an agreement with SmithGroupJJR of Ann Arbor April 26 to develop a park master plan with public input. The June 21 public meeting is part of the master plan process, which will also consider improvements to the adjacent International Park, which is owned by the City of Toledo.