There will be an overall farm theme because the new tract of land was previously a working farm, he said.
The new land will have a pond, wildflowers, and a non-bearing crab apple orchard that will offer blooms without the mess of dropping fruit, he said. A sandbox will be built like a pigsty with stone pigs, including a mother and piglets, so that children may play in the area and climb on the statues. A picnic shelter will be built to look like a one-room schoolhouse.
The land was purchased in early spring at a cost of about $700,000 and improvements will cost an additional $1.2 million, he said. The cost is being covered by tax increment financing. The area is a TIF district, a designated area for which the property tax revenue that results from increases in assessments is used for infrastructure or special projects.
He believes the overall project will attract more people to the park and have an overall positive impact on the economy of the area.
"Pray Construction is the primary contractor and engineer is Terradon, both Putnam County businesses," he said.
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