City land purchase could lead to a giant new park in Mankato

MANKATO – 9/21/15
Ahren Backman | Afternoon Reporter
The City of Mankato has announced a project that could lead to the largest park in Mankato. The project centers around the potential purchase of a 200 acre area of land on County Road 14 near Mt. Kato. Mankato City Manager, Pat Hentges said, if purchased, the area would most likely become a natural resource area.

Hentges said, trails, docks, water access, shelters, and several fishing areas could be included.

“If you kinda think of Hiniker Pond, it would be more of a rural natural resource area.”

 

The land is being put up for sale by Oldcastle Materials for $225,000  dollars. Oldcastle has agreed to only sale the land to the City of Mankato until June 2016.

The sale is not entirely about making a park. Hentges said the area also has an impact on the city’s well system. The area is upstream from the cities shallow well fields. If a third party buys the land, concerns for the clean water supply could surface.

The land is being put up for sale by Oldcastle Materials for $225,000  dollars. Oldcastle has agreed to only sale the land to the City of Mankato until June 2016.

Hentges expects a park development plan to be complete by the New Year.

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