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Olander Park is growing, with the planned purchase of land from Sylvania Schools.
Park officials say the new property – 40 acres of land on Mitchaw Road in Sylvania – will become a natural area park, with a mixture of wetland and dry, tall grass prairie. The land was originally purchased by the school district to build a new school, but parts are designated wetlands, making it difficult and expensive to build on.
Officials say it was the perfect partnership, because they love wetlands and want to preserve them. They have already begun mapping out their plan for restoration and conservation of the land.
"There will be benefits to the wildlife, who can come and use those types of plants for food and shelter, both the tall grass prairie and also the wetland," said Melanie Coulter, Olander Park Assistant Manager.
The public will be able to use the park for walking and bird-watching. There are also plans to extend the Quarry Ridge Bike Trail from Sylvan Prairie Park.
The purchase price for the 40 acres was $600,000. Sylvania Schools Superintendent Brad Reiger will submit a recommendation to the school board on May 13 to approve the purchase.