VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) – The Knox County Council Tuesday night approved matching funds for the county parks department to move forward in the acquisition of the former Fox Ridge Golf Course.
The Parks Department in July learned it received a Bicentennial Nature Trust Grant in the amount of $267,000. In order for the County Parks Department to purchase the park, the county would have to provide matching funds.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to leverage state dollars to develop a unique community asset that will serve everyone; from the mother with young children looking for a safe place to ride bikes to a senior citizen seeking a quiet and accessible trail for walking,” said Knox County Councilwoman Nicole Like. “This investment will pay dividends for generations to come.”
The Parks Department intends to purchase 96 acres of land for the proposed park. The Indiana State Department of Natural Resources told the Parks Department the golf course would be a ‘turn key’ park. Parks officials, in an interview with News 10, explained little work would need to be done to open the park to the public.
The Parks Department has yet to begin negotiations with the land owner. Parks officials stated the park would be one of few places in Knox County to offer public fishing. The golf course in its current state has two ponds, which would welcome potential fishing opportunities.