Good Hope purchases land for parks expansion

Good Hope Mayor Jerry Bartlett points to the piece of property that the city has purchased next to Good Hope Municipal Park.

GOOD HOPE — The City of Good Hope’s purchase of a 33-acre plot of land next to the city’s Municipal Park is going through after the Good Hope City Council approved the closing of the deal Monday night.

The land purchase, which was previously announced at the council’s meeting on June 10, will connect Municipal Park to the Deer Trace subdivision located on County Road 437.

The price of the land is $220,000, but the city is currently working to close a deal to sell another piece of land near Good Hope Pharmacy on County Road 437 for a price of $172,130, which means the city will be paying $47,870 for the park land once both sales are closed.

Because the city’s land sale is not yet completed, the council agreed Monday night to take the $220,000 price of the 33 acres of land out of its alcohol fund and cash reserves, and return the money to those accounts after the land near the pharmacy is sold.

Bartlett said the initial plan for the land is to build multi-use trails that can be used for recreation for the people of the area as well as host events that can bring more people to Good Hope.

“We know we want at least 3.1 miles of trails because we want to host cross country events,” he said. 

Good Hope City Planner Corey Harbison said the city has already reached out to local schools about hosting events at the park.

“You can bring hundreds of people in for a tournament, and that would generate money to stimulate the local economy,” he said. 

Along with the trails, the plans also include a central pavilion with bathrooms. The council is considering future additions that could include more pavilions, and a bigger playground or a splash pad, Bartlett said.

“The sky’s the limit,” he said.

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