TOLEDO, Ohio - A new Metropark will soon be built in north Toledo.
Metroparks will receive $475,000 from a federal grant to establish a 70-acre park at a North Toledo wetland known as Manhattan Marsh.
The land is near Bassett Street, Manhattan Boulevard and Suder Avenue. Nearby is Toledo Public Schools’ Chase STEMM Academy on Bassett and Crane’s Landing, a 40-unit senior community, on Mayo Street. Metroparks owns nearly 50 acres, which it acquired from the Lucas County Land Bank, and plans to secure most of the remaining property from the Land Bank and the City of Toledo.
“This is another example of how we are leveraging local tax dollars and bringing federal funds earmarked for parks back to our community,” said Dave Zenk, executive director of Metroparks. “This strategy allows us to develop new parks that preserve natural areas and enhance surrounding neighborhoods while minimizing the burden on Lucas County taxpayers.”