AMHERST — The Lorain County Metro Parks are looking to expand near Amherst after receiving two donations of land recently from area residents.
Metro Parks commissioners accepted donations of land from Marilyn Jenne and Lori Campana on Thursday, according to Metro Parks Director Jim Ziemnik.
Jenne donated nearly 11 acres off North Ridge Road near state Route 58, and Campana donated nearly 3 acres that will become part of the Hollstein Reservation on Hollstein Drive near the Lorain and Amherst border.
“Marilyn and her husband used to have a horse farm there on 11 acres,” Ziemnik said of Jenne’s donation. “She’s elderly, living in assisted living and determined that she would like to donate her land to the Metro Parks. We looked it over, and it’s a very nice piece of land.
The property has a stream on it, which is a tributary to the Beaver Creek, which opens up opportunities for education, fishing and other things, Ziemnik said.
The new property will be known as BUDMAR Farms Reservation, which was part of the donation agreement.
“Her name is Marilyn, and her husband’s name was Bud,” Ziemnik said. “They used to call their place BUDMAR Farms, and she asked us to keep that name in the agreement.”
The Metro Parks doesn’t know exactly what it will do with the property just yet, though.
“This kind of came up quickly,” Ziemnik said. “Our 2018 plans and things are nearly set in stone. We’ll probably spend some time next year further studying the property, gathering a little more of the history and looking at some of the logistics to determine the best use.”
The agency plans to do the same with the land donated by Campana, but Ziemnik said there already are some ideas.
“We’re going to put some new emphasis on ‘family play,’” he said. “We’ve discovered over the past couple years that families like to come together, and it’s not just the little kids that like to play; mom, dad and grandparents also like to find activities.
“Some of the things going on across the country are adult swing sets and things like that. We’re looking at some adventure play, but more family-oriented on that little parcel. It just gives us more possibilities, since we now own both sides of that little stream.”
Ziemnik said the Campana family has been generous throughout the years to the Metro Parks, having donated or sold land at a reduced price.
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