ATLAS TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A Michigan county has purchased a 155-acre area that will be turned into a park.

Genesee County Parks Director Amy McMillan told The Flint Journal that the county finalized the $700,000 deal Monday with the family of Steve Poulos, who have owned the property for more than 40 years. A Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant paid for 75 percent of the cost. The Poulos family contributed $7,300 and the rest of the funds were raised by selling unused property along the Holloway Reservoir.

The Poulos family initially considered turning the property into a conservancy, but ultimately decided to sell it to the parks system, Poulos said.

“It’s been a great piece of property,” Poulos said. “We’ve had a lot of fun out there. I’m glad the parks (system) is taking it over.”

The county has decided to name the area Atlas County Park. The area has diverse plant life, small inland ponds, wildlife and a creek, McMillan said.

“People are going to love walking their dogs there,” said McMillan. “There’s just so many places to sit and be peaceful.”

Initial work on the park will include signage, a road and benches. Larger projects won’t begin until the public has chimed in.

A strong parks system is a priority for local officials as they try to bring new industry to Genesee County, said Genesee County Board of Commissioners Chairman Mark Young.

“These (parks) are going to be some of the best places to go to,” Young said.

Officials expect the park to open in the next 90 days. For-Mar Nature Preserve will begin offering programs on the property in the spring.

Information from: The Flint Journal,

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