New Haven, Allen County parks departments discussing collaboration on future park site

The New Haven-Adams Township Parks and Recreation Department, which owns the land for the future Haskamp-Roehling Park on Hartzell Road, may collaborate with the Allen County Parks Department to plan development of the park and to provide programming there. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)

Two local parks departments are discussing the possibility of collaborating on planning and programming at a new park south of New Haven.

The New Haven-Adams Township Parks and Recreation Department owns about 55 acres of land that will be the site of Haskamp-Roehling Park on the east side of Hartzell Road just north of Paulding Road.

The site contains about 30 acres of woods, with the rest of the land in farm ground.

New Haven-Adams Township Parks staff sees a potential to develop the park much like the Allen County Parks Department’s Metea and Fox Island county parks, New Haven-Adams Township Parks Superintendent Mike Clendenen said previously.

He has met with Jeff Baxter, superintendent of Allen County Parks, to discuss the idea of cooperating on planning and programming at Haskamp-Roehling park, and Baxter is interested.

“We are always looking to collaborate with people,” Baxter said.

In addition, the Allen County Parks Department currently doesn’t have any parks in eastern and southeastern Allen County, Baxter said.

Working with New Haven-Adams Township Parks on Haskamp-Roehling Park could allow county parks staff to assist with development of the park and possibly to help provide programming or other services there to serve eastern and southeastern Allen County.

New Haven-Adams Township Parks will retain ownership of Haskamp-Roehling Park, Clendenen said.

Both Baxter and Clendenen said government agencies or organizations that issue funding grants also seem to look more favorably on applications when parks departments work together, so that could be another benefit of collaborating.

In other parks news, the City of New Haven plans to buy about 15 acres west of the new New Haven Community Center, 7500 Indiana 930 E., for possible future recreational use, Clendenen said.

Potential uses for the land could include a gymnasium and athletic fields, Clendenen said.

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