Former Springfield golf course to become gardens

Remnants from the former home of the Snyder Park golf course in Springfield. (Photo by: WDTN/Jake Ryle)


SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) — The former home of the Snyder Park Golf Course in Springfield will soon become the site of gardens.

According to Commissioner John Detrick, the move will help the quality of life in Springfield.

“This is a beautiful setting going through Buck Creek, with the creek going through the middle of the park. It’s well complimented by all the other activities that are going on around here.”

Commissioner Detrick tells us the Ohio State University Clark County Extension gardens will be making the move to Snyder Park this Fall.

He says the golf course that once stood on the same plot of land was closed this year due to a decline in activity.

“I’m always excited to have new ideas, and new events happening. It’s just one of the many steps in moving forward in Clark County with a good quality of life.”

According to Pam Bennett, Horticulture educator for Clark County’s OSU extension, the gardens will help ease the burden of maintaining the now defunct golf course.

She says the land was given through a sponsorship to help keep costs down for the city.

“We’re non-profits. We’re not interested in making money on these gardens. We’re interested in using them as educational gardens, research gardens, and just public enjoyment.”

But there is money to be made for the county on those who come to see the gardens.

She says the 800-plus varieties of plants in the gardens draw thousands of visitors each year. Since its inception in 1996 they’ve pumped $4 million into the local economy.

Bennett tells us the current location near an industrial park isn’t ideal for the gardens. She believes the move makes sense.

“You can hear the fans in the background, the semi-trucks out front. So Snyder Park gives us that absolute perfect atmosphere for a public garden for a place to walk, contemplate life, nature, it’s just going to be a really great opportunity to be there.”

Bennett says she expects the first gardens to be planted by Fall, while the big move of three gardens will take place this Spring.

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