The city plans to buy the 17 acres commonly known as the Kurtz Brothers Property near Veterans Memorial Park on Veterans Memorial Parkway.
The 98-acre current sports park has baseball, softball and multi-use fields. The park also includes a playground, restrooms and two pavilions with picnic tables and grills.
The Kurtz brothers — John, Greg and Tom — operate Kurtz Brothers Landscape Supply Center on Miller Road.
The new land will partly serve as a new entrance to the sports park, said Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen, who added that 4 or 5 acres of the land is a large pond. Planners envision the pond becoming an opportunity for anglers.
“We’re looking at putting a fishing pier on it,” Jensen said. “What we are doing is looking to create a space where kids can go to fish.”
Existing ponds in Avon largely are on private property, the mayor said. The city received $100,000 included as a line item by the state in its most recent budget. The city will use the money to improve the property.
Ohio offers park improvement dollars to municipalities every two years. Avon last used the money to build a veterans memorial near the pool in the Avon Aquatics Center on Detroit Road.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources contributed a $300,000 grant toward the purchase of the Kurtz property.
“Kurtz Brothers basically donated $300,000 worth of the property valued at a total of nearly $1 million,” Jensen said.
The city then put up $300,000 of its own money, which means Avon purchased 17 acres for $300,000.
City officials still are trying to decide whether to give the tract of land a name and create a new park separate from Veterans Memorial Park. For now, Avon will use the property as an entrance to Veterans Memorial.
“There will be a roadway connecting this area to Veterans Memorial Park and of course vice versa,” Jensen said. Officials are still debating whether to make the new property a separate park. He believes the city will give the park a different name to emphasize it is a fishing and picnic area, rather sports-oriented.
The Kurtz brothers could not be reached for comment.
The city should finalize the sale this month and the pond should be open to fishing shortly thereafter.
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