mountain biking; climbing and rappelling; and canoeing, kayaking and paddle-boarding. The site also includes an old railroad trestle and tunnel.
The park system plans to develop access to the waterfall and a scenic overlook next year, Metro Parks Executive Director Tim Moloney said.
Metro Parks plans to buy another 118 acres next year, Moloney said. Wagenbrenner will then donate 40 acres from the 607-acre site to the space that will include a multi-use trail, bringing the park to 220 acres.
Wagenbrenner’s project will include condominiums, apartments, offices and retail. But that won’t happen until the site is cleaned up. Mark Wagenbrenner, the company’s president, said the plan could change once that is done.
Wagenbrenner said his company plans to close on the sale of its part of the site by the end of the year.
“I’m super-excited about the opportunity,” he said.
An economic-development agreement between the city and Wagenbrenner Development is expected to go before the Columbus City Council on Monday. The Dispatch asked to see the proposed legislation. But Cynthia Rickman, the development department spokeswoman, said the agreement had not been finalized and the documents won’t be ready until Thursday. The Dispatch asked to see draft legislation, which is public record under state law.
“It’s a brownfield. There’s a massive amount of infrastructure and cleanup (needed),” Wagenbrenner said.
The site will be Metro Parks’ second park within Interstate 270, after Scioto Audubon Metro Park south of Downtown. Metro Parks Commissioner Greg Lashutka called it a unique property that has features that cannot be duplicated in central Ohio.
Moloney said amenities at the new park will help the system stay relevant with the people who use the parks. Those who ride mountain bikes, for example, range from teenagers to older adults, he said.
“It’s not just hard-core 25-year-olds anymore,” Moloney said. “We’re always looking at what is desired by our users.”
The park system is not looking at any other urban sites for parkland right now, he added.