Greenwood officials envision recreational lake near new exit

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A new idea for the area near a new Greenwood interstate exit would bring a recreational lake to the city, where people could fish and swim, and that developers of high-end homes and businesses could promote as a scenic view.

The city is considering adding a 50- to 100-acre lake to development plans for the area surrounding a new Interstate 65 interchange at Worthsville Road, community development services director Mark Richards said.

The lake they envision would be comparable in size to the county fairgrounds or Greenwood’s Freedom Park, which are both about 75 acres.

The lake would be both a rainwater collection pond to help with drainage of new development in the area and a recreation destination for fishing, swimming and kayaking. The lake would be near Kelsay Farms, a dairy and crop farm that offers a corn maze, tours and public events. The hope is that the area could draw tourists with the existing farm, water recreation, a permanent farmers market and restaurants that serve organic and locally grown food, officials said.


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