New Haven-Adams Township Parks approves sale of 26 acres, generating funds for future park improvements

The sale of unneeded land has given the New Haven-Adams Township Parks and Recreation Department about $215,000 in seed money to apply for matching grants to make improvements at its parks.

The parks department board voted Monday night to accept the winning auction bid of $227,000 for 26 acres of farmland off Hartzell Road north of Paulding Road, said Mike Clendenen, New Haven-Adams Township Parks superintendent.

The decision came during a special meeting at the New Haven Community Center, which was held shortly after an auction of the property, which also was held at the community center.

The 26 acres was part of 80 acres the parks department has for the future site of Haskamp-Roehling Park on Hartzell Road north of Paulding Road. Park board members decided the parks department didn’t need 26 tillable acres of the property and put it up for sale.

The land currently is used for farming, Clendenen said.

After auction sale fees, the parks department will receive about $215,000, he said, which will go into the capital improvement fund for use making park improvements.

The New Haven-Adams Township Parks department has hired a consultant to develop visioning plans for possible future development of Haskamp-Roehling Park and improvements to Werling and Havenhurst parks.

Clendenen said previously Werling Park, which is located on Werling Road between Indiana 930 and Moeller Road, would be a good place for a playground, pavilion, outdoor fitness trail and possibly a splash pad. The park currently contains grassy areas, trees and a half-mile walking trail.

The parks department also would like to consolidate most or all of its athletic fields at Havenhurst Park, 211 N. Rufus St., which already has fields for baseball, softball and football, courts for basketball and tennis, and a pavilion.