Council OKs purchase of land near Westside Park

Greenwood is one step closer to purchasing four acres of land near Westside Park to add trails and possibly a mountain bike course.

The Greenwood City Council voted 7-1 to approve giving the Greenwood Parks and Recreation Board authorization to purchase the property, which is southwest of Westside Park along Main Street. Council member Chuck Landon voted against the proposal, questioning the cost of the project. Council member David Lekse was absent.

The land is listed at $110,000, but the cost of turning the undeveloped, wooded land into a park hasn’t been determined yet, Greenwood Parks and Recreation Director Rob Taggart said.

The property could potentially connect to Westside Park through a path under a bridge that passes over Pleasant Run Creek. The creek goes under the bridge through four channels. The city has received tentative approval from Johnson County to block the flow of water from one of those channels, which would allow people to walk underneath the bridge, Taggart said.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2702.