VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) – The Knox County Parks Department’s Board is in talks with the property owner of the former Vincennes Golf Club for the acquisition of the property. Knox County Parks Superintendent Rama Sobhani told News 10, no firm discussions had happened, but, talks have started.
The Parks Department learned last week it would receive matching funds to acquire 96 acres of the golf course to turn into a County Park. The Parks Department, which applied for and received a Bicentennial Nature Trust Grant, was awarded $267,000 for the purchase. With limited resources for public fishing in the County, the Department noted this would help create the opportunity.
“As soon as we purchase the property, we’ll be able to open it up and let people go fishing there … because public fishing in Knox County is actually pretty scarce when you get down to it,” said Sobhani.
Parks officials explained two ponds would be included in the land purchase; a third pond was owned by a neighboring subdivision. Now, the Parks Department will discuss potential access routes with those homeowners, as well as the current golf course property owner.
“They’re trying to work out you know some of the details with access and maintenance, and things like that,’ said Sobhani.
The current property owner will continue to own the club house, which will be turned into a 21 and older establishment.
“We’re still negotiating on final boundary lines, where things will finally wind up. There’s some pieces we’re trying to give away and some pieces we’re trying to get,” said Sobhani “So we haven’t negotiated a purchase price yet with the actual land owner right now.”
The acquisition of Fox Ridge would add a 6th park the department’s roster. Until the grant process began, the department had been working to clean up the old Enoco Coal Mine near Bruceville.