"We have every intention to purchase that land for the community," said
That means more fundraising for supporters, who initially had offered the
Instead, the school board chose to sell the land for
The settlement of a subsequent lawsuit earlier this month led to
park supporters buying the site from Russell for
But the need to fund raise will not stand in the way of other steps in the development of a park.
"The lenders loaned the amount they did to allow the local foods coalition to hire a director and maintain the land," Marron said.
The local foods coalition is forming a task force that will conduct a search for a park director who will be in place by
And the group also will undertake a new planning process for what the site will include, although the over-riding theme will retain an emphasis on agriculture.
Although a multiyear plan had been established and posted on the website for the park, the group wanted to undertake a new one following the lawsuit.
"It's kind of a new ballgame now," she said.
The coalition hopes to schedule meetings in August and September to gather public input.
In the meantime, members of the coalition and supporters of the park will continue to work on the site.
The property, which includes a water right, has pasture and a garden on the north end that are still being irrigated.
But the remainder of the property will give the group its biggest maintenance task. "Controlling weeds is No. 1," she said.
The public will be welcome to tour the site at
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