PENINSULA, Ohio – The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) announced Monday that it has purchased the former Brandywine Golf Course, a 207-acre course located on both sides of the Akron-Peninsula Highway in the southern peninsula.
The Conservancy refused to share the purchase price, citing a “multi-faceted purchase contract,” according to marketing director Alexis Korczynski.
The purchase, the first of its kind, was made on behalf of Conservancy and Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Funding for the purchase comes from individual donors and recoverable grants from the Northeastern Ohio community and national foundations, including the Akron Community Foundation, the Connor Foundation, the GAR Foundation, and the Park Foundation. national.
“The importance of conserving and preserving the CVNP is underscored by the community stepping up to help us raise and secure the funds needed to purchase this property and ultimately increase access to the park and the Cuyahoga River, âsaid Deb Yandala, President and CEO of Conservancy. A press release.
The Brandywine Golf Course opened in the 1960s and operated as a public course until 2018. The property is adjacent to Virginia Kendall Park to the south, Camp Manatoc and Camp Butler to the east and the Cuyahoga River to the west. In addition to the riverside, the property has two stream beds and is home to rare species, according to the Conservancy.
âIncluding this land in the heart of the national park is an important part of our long-term plan for improving public access and restoring habitat,â said CVNP Superintendent Lisa Petit, in a press release. âBy taking a leadership role in the community to acquire this property, the Conservancy has helped make this goal possible. It is a heirloom of land that everyone can use and enjoy for generations to come.
Once the environmental restoration work is complete, the National Park Service will purchase 192 acres of the property from the Conservancy. The Conservancy will retain 15 acres of the property. The Conservancy is working on a master plan that will outline the funds needed to activate and program the 15 acres. The property is currently not open to the public.
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