Signatures gathered to put Deerfield Township park on November ballot

DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A petition to preserve a Deerfield Township park is getting a push towards the November ballot.

"Kingswood Park has been used by many residents in Deerfield Township to walk their dogs, to jog. We've had cyclers, we've had cross country teams from both Xavier and local high schools, the park is used," petitioner Dave Meyer said.

This issue is nothing new to the township trustees who discussed the issue with FOX19 NOW back in January when a road was in the works, that road was to be built through the green space.

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"Our objective is to do what is best for the 40,000 plus residents of Deerfield, that may be to develop that property, that may be to leave it alone," Deerfield Township Board President Chris Romano said.

Those out getting signatures on petitions this weekend are hoping the residents will be the ones to decide the park's fate, by making it a ballot issue.

"The township was given the certified copy on Wednesday so that they know our intention, to put this on the November ballot and let the electorate in Deerfield Township know," Meyer said.

Those hoping to keep the park set up drive and sign petition stops, as well as took to the streets and local farmers markets looking for about 1,100 signatures to take back to the township by next Friday.

"We have enough empty residents and enough empty retail in this township that adding more retail and residency is not the idea. We need more green space," Meyer said.

You can read more about the township's plans here.

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