Park opening set for Deer Haven

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Deer Haven Preserve and Amy Clark-Bader Bird Sanctuary, Preservation Parks of Delaware County's eighth and newest park, will be dedicated at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24.

Deer Haven Preserve will be open that day from 1 p.m. until dark. After the dedication, the park will be open every day from morning to dark, 365 days a year.

The 97-acre park at 4183 Liberty Road in Liberty Township includes a one-mile walking trail that crosses a newly developed wetland and extends to a bird blind near a pond.

A picnic area and restroom facilities are available.

Later this year, the park district will build a 3,500-square-foot nature center, using "green" construction methods. The center will include a library, a display of bird and animal specimens and a meeting room for use by community groups.

Other future plans include expanding the trails and adding picnic shelters, an amphitheater and a festival field.

Land for Deer Haven Preserve was donated in 2006 by Phyllis A. Havener. A gift from John W. Bader Jr. in memory of his wife, Amy Clark-Bader, is helping to pay for the bird sanctuary and nature center.

Havener family members and Bader will attend the ceremony, along with township and county officials, park commissioners and Preservation Parks of Dela-ware County executive director Rita Au.

Preservations Parks is asking taxpayers to approve a levy renewal in November that will allow the district to acquire land for more parks, enlarge existing parks and protect other nature areas among other projects.

For more information, call (740) 524-8600.