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Pine Knob Park adds 108 acres

An additional 108.56 acres of land was added to Pine Knob Park in Howe when county council members moved to buy the property at Monday’s county council meeting.

The council gave LaGrange County Parks Superintendent Mike Metz initial approval for the project last fall.

The average of two appraisals for the property came in at $380,000. The property is being purchased at a bargain price of $305,000. Appraisals were done by Caldwell Appraisal Service and Stanner Appraisals.

Funding for the new park area will be entirely from grant sources. “There will be no taxpayer funds involved,” Metz said. Funding will consists of: $190,000 from the Bicentennial Nature Trust, $10,000 from Nature Preserves Heritage Trust, $10,000 from Outdoor Recreation Heritage Trust, $75,000 from a discretionary Heritage Trust, $1,000 from Friends of LaGrange County Parks, and $19,000 from the LaGrange County Community Foundation.

Metz told council members that the Friends of the Parks have applied for a $275,000 wetlands redevelopment grant. “It looks good,” he said.