After voters approved a tax hike in May, Franklin county Metro Parks plans to open a new park in 2011. The project will develop a 500-acre wetland and will end up being the largest such project in Ohio.
Historically the site was a wet prairie and woods, and with a budget of $1 million, the Metro Parks hopes to restore this natural park and add trails, boardwalks, and observation decks. A new parks operations manager and assistant park manager as well as six full-time workers will be in charge of maintaining the greenways trails, as well as new rangers to patrol them.
This new Wetlands Park should prove to be a bird watchers mecca with birds like the Sandhill Crane which has been moving back to Ohio in the past few years. Along with the Sandhill Crane, a 500-acre wetland will attract hundreds of variety of bird back to the area and provide bird watchers with a new area to frequent.
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