Geauga Park District has announced that they purchased 198 acres in Hambden township off State Route 6 at the end of Bascom Road and will be developing another 130-acre property in Claridon township east of Chardon, both for enjoyment by county residents.
The Hambden township land is linked to the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s Hambden Orchard area consisting of over 800 acres. The 198 acres was purchased of just under $1.1 million dollars. The property was utilized as a family farm and sugar bush for maple sugar production. “Because the land also comes without any deed restrictions, the almost 200 acres has great potential for public enjoyment as a future park,” said John Oros, executive director of the Park District. “The first time I saw the large ponds with a beautiful forest in the background, I was excited for the opportunity for Geauga County residents to eventually access this property.”
The Claridon township property, Claridon Woodlands, is slated for development beginning this spring and will be easily accessed from Chardon-Windsor Road, Claridon-Troy Road, and State Route 608.
“With the purchase of these properties in the late 1990s, we are excited to begin building a park at this location,” said Director Oros. This new park will offer zip-lining, rock wall climbing, catch and release fishing, as well as hiking and picnic areas. The park will break up the eight plus mile stretch of Highlands Trail between Chardon and Headwaters.
“Different people enjoy nature in different ways,” Oros said. “With 90,000 people in the county, there’s something for everyone.” Information on the Geauga Park District is available on their website at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.