Did Erie MetroParks want to purchase former Griffing property?
In short, no, it's not true.
Erie MetroParks commissioner Kurt Landefeld provided the following response:
The Griffing Airport property is still owned by the family.
I'm not familiar with the terms of the Edison Woods acquisition, so I can't comment on that.
While I've been commissioner since fall 2007, no park monies (derived mostly from local property taxes) have been used to buy land.
In 2010 we passed a resolution that stated explicitly we would not buy land with levy monies. This was done to alleviate concerns expressed by this writer.
Acreage that has been added to the park district while I've been commissioner was first purchased by a third party and then deeded to the park district at no cost.
Generally speaking, we are interested only in adding to the park district land that is environmentally sensitive and needs protection such as those along East Sandusky Bay.
I share the writer's concern about removing potentially developable land from the tax base.
But the writer might also be interested in knowing that the sports tournaments and special events we hosted last year added more than $3 million to Erie County's economy. This year, we expect that number to grow to more than $4 million.