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The Westfield Washington Township Board has approved funds that will allow us to capture additional green space. Danielle Carey Tolan, Westfield Washington Township Trustee, states "while we welcome development in our rapidly growing community, we also realize the need to take steps to preserve land." Based on the community's input from the 2016 Strategic Plan, there was a strong desire to preserve and grow passive nature parks and open space.
The Board and then Trustee, Isaac Jones, established the Parks and Recreation Department in 1997 pursuant to Indiana Code 36-10-7.5-5. MacGregor Park was created as a result and is now a 96 acre passive nature park with over three miles of trails in the Northeast quadrant of the Township. Residents utilize the park and trails on a daily basis. The Township works with various organizations that assist with trail clean up, serve as trail ambassadors and provide items such as a Peace Pole, benches, bat houses and trail markers.
At this time, the Township is looking to add additional green space in an area North of SR 38, South of 216th Street, East of US 31 and West of Hinkle Road. The Township will continue to pursue grants to support the additional green space once the land has been secured. The Trustee and the Board strive to serve as good financial stewards to the residents of the township. The Trustee has examined all options to acquire green space within the township in order to meet the desires of the community while being financially responsible. With the Board approval, the Trustee can now use funds from the first bond issuance to proactively secure land before development drives the price beyond reach and before it is lost to developers. The bond structure is set up to allow the Township to borrow up to $15 million through a series of installments as land becomes available and if the funds are needed. By approving a series of bonds, the Township is able to save taxpayers significantly in bond issuance. The first installment will be for $5.7 million. Residents can view the Summary of Estimated Property Tax Impact information below.
Trustee Tolan will continue to use the Strategic Plan to serve as a road map to guide the Township as she looks to the future. The Trustee looks forward to furthering the vision of the Township's Parks and Recreation Department by creating an environmental legacy for the community and the people of Westfield Washington Township.