Metro Parks Will Open Its Own Hocking Hills-Like Park In Franklin County

Metro Parks will open a new, 150-acre property north of Blendon Woods later this year.

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The land is beautiful with deep ravines running to Big Walnut Creek and cliffs 100 feet tall. Although there isn’t a set date for the opening of the park, there aren’t many changes that will be made.

The unnamed park will have few amenities and will showcase the natural beauty of the area with little manmade impacts.

Metro Parks plans to open 150 acres of parkland in northeastern Franklin County this year, with few improvements.

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Aryeh Alex, president of Friends of Metro Parks, told The Dispatch that he supports the decision to keep the parkland undeveloped.

“It’s just absolutely gorgeous,” said Alex, who also is vice president of public affairs for the Ohio Environmental Council. “I felt like I was in southeast Ohio, not in Columbus.”

Metro Parks has had their eye on the property for years. It used to belong to Richard Shafer and was left to a foundation after Shafer’s second wife passed away in 2006.

For more updates about the new park, please check the Metro Parks website.

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