In the midst of a development frenzy on the Far East Side, the Columbus City Council purchased more than 40 acres earmarked for development with the intent to preserve the woodlands for extended park use.
According to The Dispatch, Columbus City Council approved a $1.2 million purchase of 41.5 acres of woodland near the intersection of East Broad Street and Waggoner Road close to Dysart Run.
The acreage is planned to help protect the environmental health of the city’s waterways and natural wildlife habitats, improve access to trails, and provide corridors for walking and biking.
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Adjacent to an eight-acre Columbus Recreation and Parks nature area of Dysart Run, this newly-purchased land is “one of the largest remaining forested tracts in the entire Blacklick Creek watershed,” according to the city ordinance per The Dispatch.
They city will use Ohio Public Works Commission grant money and bond money to make the purchase.