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Medina County Park District announces largest gift of property ever

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of Medina County Park District just a little bit bigger.

The Park District announced Tuesday that Diane (Dee Dee) O’Neill has donated approximately 203 acres of land in Westfield Center and Westfield Township to the county.

This is the largest land donation. in the park district 57 years of history.

The O’Neill family with ties to Akron have owned the land and its farmhouse since the 1960s.

Diane’s husband, Rory, who died in 2020, grew up in Akron and was the youngest member Akron Art Museum 1968. Liberty Street Brew Pub in Akron.

What is donated land known for?

The property is known for its native wildflower meadows, forests, and fishing ponds.

It also protects Camel Creek.

“With a series of Labradors taking daily walks, I have spent many years exploring the fields and forests. The first wildflowers of spring, the peepers of spring, the sounds of butterflies and bees, always brighten my day.” We are finding things to do: the flowers, the vibrant colors of autumn leaves, and the shimmering ice crystals on trees after winter storms,” ​​Diane O’Neill said in a statement. This donation of land to will preserve the forests and fields for others to explore, and I hope they find a place they love, something that brightens their days.”

More news from Medina Parks:Plans for the old Chippewa Lake Amusement Park have been finalized.

When is the land open to the public?

As part of the agreement, the park district will have to open the land to the public by the summer of 2024.

The park district is currently working on a concept plan for the facility, but the name of the new reserve has already been decided.

Park District Director Nathan Epink said Diane asked to call it Rivendell Nature Reserve. The name comes from JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit books and means “a place of peace and security where guests are always present”. Welcome. “

“Since we owned the land, O’Neill said in a statement:

“Now with park ownership, Rivendell Nature Preserve will soon be open to all.”

To contact Craig Webb: [email protected].

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