FEDA gifts 11 acres and pond for public use
Fairfield Economic Development Association gifted approximately 11 acres to the Jefferson County Conservation Board for public use.
The land borders Jefferson County Park and includes the Prairie and Pond Trail on the Fairfield Loop Trail, which can be accessed at 23rd Street and West Tyler Avenue in Fairfield Industrial Park.
FEDA Board of Directors approved the gift of the pond and the surrounding land at its Sept. 24, business meeting and the Jefferson County Conservation Board accepted the land at its Oct. 30, board meeting.
“The conservation board has proven itself as a very capable steward of our public lands and many residents enjoy this section of the Loop Trail every day,” said Lori Schaefer-Weaton, FEDA president. “Our board of directors believes that by gifting the land and pond to the conservation board, it will be professionally managed and continue to be enjoyed by Jefferson County residents.”
Conservation Director Dennis Lewiston said the conservation board was grateful for the gift.
“The land and pond not only provide the citizens of Jefferson County with more outdoor recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat but, because of its location, it serves as an access route from the City of Fairfield to Jefferson County Park,” he said.
FEDA has a long history of supporting the conservation board, said Lewiston. The original 117 acres of land that is now Jefferson County Park was purchased from FEDA in the late 1970s.
“In 1984, FEDA donated 15 acres to the conservation board, known as the Jim Jarvis Memorial Trail,” he said.
“The Jefferson County Conservation Board looks forward to continuing a close relationship with FEDA for years to come.”
The pond was developed as a rainwater management collection system by the Fairfield Urban Steward Alliance on land owned by FEDA. The Fairfield Urban Steward Alliance is an alliance of government agencies, private businesses and non-profit organizations.
“This land was part of the original purchase for Fairfield Industrial Park,” said Tracy Vance, executive director of FEDA. “The ditch was made into a pond for rainwater catchment and we decided its best use would be to deed it to the conservation board. They take very good care of the land they manage.”