Land purchase to expand Greene County park, rec center

Greene County is buying three parcels of land near the Alameda Drive entrance to the Fairgrounds Recreation Center. The county’s parks and trails department plans to use the nearly 13 acres for athletic fields. RICHARD WILSON/STAFF

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Greene County is buying three parcels of land near the Alameda Drive entrance to the Fairgrounds Recreation Center. The county’s parks and trails department plans to use the nearly 13 acres for athletic fields. RICHARD WILSON/STAFF

Greene County is buying land to expand services and activities at the Fairgrounds Recreation Center.

Greene County commissioners recently approved the purchase of three parcels totalling nearly 13 acres between the fairgrounds and Alameda Drive.

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County Administrator Brandon Huddleson is set to close the deal for $124,480, according to county records. The seller is listed as Allan and Company, an Ohio General Partnership, according to county records.

The acreage is empty except for weeds, trees and scrub brush. The area is immediately visible to people entering the Fairgrounds Recreation Center from Alameda Drive. There is a parking lot, and a soccer field is maintained at the county park. The Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail meanders nearby.

On the eastern side, the parcels border businesses along North Detroit Street (U.S. 68), including Xenia Car Wash and Xenia Stor-N-Lock.

Cosler Engineering, LLC surveyed the land in March as part of the process for the county to buy the land.

Greene County Parks & Trails has wanted to expand the park, at 210 Fairground Road, for several years “because of the demand for additional athletic fields in Xenia and throughout Greene County,” said Gretchen Rives, GCP&T spokeswoman.

“The additional acreage is adjacent to the park and will increase recreational opportunities,” Rives said.

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The park included a little more than 58 acres before the purchase.

“The additional acreage will allow GCP&T to offer additional athletic fields at the Fairgrounds Recreation Center and increase recreational opportunities,” Rives said.

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