The land off McEwen near Watts isn’t conducive to be used by the school district , Superintendent Tom Henderson said.
“There’s an area there that’s pretty heavily wooded. There’s a pretty steep ravine there,” Henderson told school board members recently. “And there are some trails back there that are pretty aggressive — with switchbacks to them — very steep.
“It’s really land that we’ve never used and we don’t really envision using that land,” he added. “They’re willing to allow us to use that forever.”
The land would be used “to provide visitor access, enhance trail experiences, preserve the mature woods and improve overall for safety/security access,” Dittman said.
Grant Park has two main entrances, one on Normandy Ridge and the other on McEwen.
The sale of both parcels, Henderson said, would be “a win-win opportunity to allow the park district to do what they do best and work on the trails and work with the land.”
The land is being surveyed and the park district would like to finalize the deal by spring 2022, Dittman said.
The Ohio Public Works Commission Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation program funding would be a matching grant with a 75/25 split between the state and the park district, respectively, she added.
The award will not be official until the commission sends the park district the final paperwork, Dittman said.
Centerville schools owns a combined 58.54 acres on McEwen and Normandy Ridge, according to the Montgomery County Auditor’s Office website.
More than 43 acres is at the Watts address and the remainder is at the Normandy site, records show.