Mill Creek Metroparks has increased its footprint to more than 5,000 acres following the purchase of 161 acres of land in the southwestern part of Mahoning County.
Park officials announced on Tuesday that they have acquired land in Smith Township on West Western Reserve Road, known as Hawkins Marsh.
The property, which consists of a variety of unique natural habitats including wetlands, was obtained through a partnership with the West Creek Conservancy to acquire an $843,800 grant from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund.
“The acquisition of this unique property is another step forward in the mission of the MetroParks serving the needs of all of Mahoning County,” said MetroParks Executive Director, Aaron Young.
Under parameters set by the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund, future development of the land will be limited to passive recreation such as wildlife observation, walking, or other activities to ensure the least impact on the wetland.
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