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Peninsula Officials Oppose Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park Purchasing Golf Course

Brandywine Country Club golf course
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Brandywine Country Club golf course has been closed since 2018. Officials with the Village of Peninsula would like to see the former golf course property developed rather than conserved so that the property can generate tax revenue and help the village's financial situation.

The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park's purchase of the Brandywine Country Club golf course by is drawing opposition from Peninsula officials.

Conservancy President and CEO Deb Yandala says CVNP has been eying the golf course for a long time.

“The National Park Service identified this property as being really important to preserve and protect actually many years ago when it was still a golf course,” she said.

The National Park Service plans to purchase 192 acres of the 207-acre property from the Conservancy, which will hold onto the rest. But PeninsulaMayor Daniel Schneider Jr. is less than pleased with this plan. He had hoped for a developer to purchase the property, and now says the village has lost another 14% of its taxable land.

“None of that land is taxable, and the federal government contributes nothing as far as infrastructure to help repair the roads,” he said.

Schneider worries the village’s finances will worsen with the new park land.

Schneider: limited budget already a challenge

“My 600 residents and 295 households are responsible for managing and taking care of the roads and then the protection of the people in the park without any contribution,” he said.

Schneider says the village is already operating on a shoestring budget and worries extra visitors to the addition to the park will make the situation worse.

Abigail Bottar covers Akron, Canton, Kent and the surrounding areas for Ideastream Public Media.
Kelly Krabill is a multiple media journalist at Ideastream Public Media. Her work includes photography and videography. Her radio and web reporting covers a wide range of topics across Northeast Ohio.