BATH – Township trustees last week approved a deal to acquire a property that will become the North Fork Yellow Creek Preserve.

Late last year, Bath partnered with the Trust for Public Land to win a $1.65 million Clean Ohio Fund grant to buy the land, a barn and two small homes at a 73.8-acre site from a family at 4400 Everett Road.

The purchase will safeguard the land from potential development and protect 6,028 feet of streams and 9 acres of wetlands within the Yellow Creek Watershed, Bath officials said.

“We are delighted that we have been chosen for this grant which allows us to expand our trail system and conserve additional green space in the community,” Trustee President Elaina Goodrich said. 

Goodrich said the acreage can only be used for passive recreation such as walking/hiking trails and bird watching. The site could become connected by trail to the nearby Bath Nature Preserve and Bath Community Park.

Trustees are seeking residents willing to serve on a committee to evaluate options for the new preserve. Interested parties should submit letters of interest to Bath Township Administration, 3864 W. Bath Rd. Akron, Ohio 44333 on or before Oct. 7.

TPL is a nonprofit that specializes in acquiring land for conservation and donating that land to local communities. According to its website, the Clean Ohio Fund restores, protects and connects natural and urban places by preserving green space and farmland, improving outdoor recreation and cleaning up brownfields to encourage redevelopment and revitalize communities.