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The Suburbanite
  • Hartong home may soon be working farm

  • City departments have revisited plans for the Historical Levi Hartong home. During a joint meeting held Sunday, the parks department and historical preservation commission agreed on a new direction for the property.

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  • The Historical Levi Hartong farmstead may soon be bustling again.
    According to a release issued today by the city, the Green Parks and Recreation Board and Green Historical Preservation Commission agreed Sunday to move forward with plans that would allow the Hartong property, located in Southgate Park, to become a working farmstead. Plans now involve leasing the home and up to 22 acres of park for farming. The farmer leasing the property would reside in the Hartong home.
    “This project takes full advantage of the opportunities Southgate Park presents to our community,” Green Parks Superintendent Mike Elkins stated in a release issued by the city. “(It) creates additional diversity within our entire park system that consists of more than 530 acres.  It would also create another living classroom for our community only adding to the value of the park and those who visit it.”
    Previous plans for the property involved turning the home into a trailhead and historic exhibit.
    “The cost involved in doing that is prohibitive – it just made sense to make sure we were heading in the right direction,” Green Community Development Administrator Sarah Harig said in the release. “In the end, there was a strong feeling that providing an engaging public exhibit space in this very remote area was not fiscally responsible … .”
    Southgate Park, acquired by the City of Green in 2006, is 205-acre nature park adjacent to Boettler Park, 5300 Massillon Road, with 5 miles of hiking trails through forestland and meadows.  In addition to the historical Hartong Farmstead, the park also features as wetlands and four stocked fishing ponds.