33-acre land purchase will expand Fairfield’s largest park

Fairfield City Council is expected to vote tonight to purchase 33 acres that would expand the city’s largest park, Harbin Park. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/FILE
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Fairfield City Council is expected to vote tonight to purchase 33 acres that would expand the city’s largest park, Harbin Park. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/FILE

The city of Fairfield is expected to purchase a 33-acre parcel that will expand the city’s largest park.

Council will consider tonight a contract that would authorize the city to purchase the land from Charles D. Baumann, Sr.

Harbin Park is already the city’s largest park, sitting at 200 acres.

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The purchase price is $411,000, but the city will only pay $102,750. The balance of the purchase will be paid from a Clean Ohio Grant, which the city will apply for this fall.

The property abuts Harbin Park on the east side of Gray Road and northwest of Park Place.

The grant requires the land remain passive, said Fairfield Parks Director Jim Bell.

“We can extend pathways, trail heads, natural areas, but it has to remain passive,” he said. “Our intent is to put a trail head in there, and a small parking lot to have access to the trail head.”

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