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New suit filed against Erie MetroParks

Andy Ouriel • Jun 4, 2012 at 10:21 AM

A disgruntled woodsman recently sued Erie MetroParks, alleging district employees abused and mistreated a land agreement the two sides agreed upon.

Gil Steinen, furious with how park officials have treated the Joe Steinen Wildlife Area, filed a lawsuit in Erie County Common Pleas Court.

Steinen essentially donated 376 acres, valued close to $20 million, off Cleveland Road to Erie MetroParks in 2004.

While Steinen received $2.25 million for the land, his priority in transferring parcel ownership resulted by him wanting to ensure his family's legacy and love for hunting forever resonated in the area.

Steinen also wanted to preserve a natural area where children can learn about the outdoors and hone outdoor skills their forefathers depended on.

For more on Steinen's lawsuit against Erie MetroParks pick up Sunday's Register.

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