Recreational Land Use
There are few public parks or recreational facilities located in close proximity to Brown Township. In the early 1990s, the Metropolitan Park District of Columbus and Franklin County developed plans for establishing a major regional park along both sides of the Big Darby Creek in Brown Township and Canaan Township located in Madison County. Today, Metro Parks' plans emphasize creek and riparian corridor preservation through fee simple acquisition, conservation easements and cooperative efforts with other agencies.
Metro Parks is concentrating on regional park development along Big Darby Creek in an area stretching approximately one mile north of I-70. Metro Parks currently controls three major tracts and continues discussions with other property owners, as additional property becomes available. Current plans call for facilities focusing on preservation of the natural resources and passive recreational opportunities.
It is recommended that "MAP 10, DEVELOPMENT FACTORS" in the 1991 Comprehensive Plan be revised to delete the area identified as proposed for a regional park. This revision is reflected in "Map 10 (amended), Development Factors" to be included as part of this Comprehensive Plan Update.
It is also recommended that Brown Township continue its support of the Metro Parks system, a type of joint recreational district with the city of Hilliard and the Rails to Trails program. In addition, it is recommended that the township continue its current financial support of Homestead Park jointly developed with Norwich and Washington townships. Homestead Park, located at the junction of Brown, Norwich and Washington townships, is a multiuse recreational facility for area residents. The park is adjacent to an abandoned Conrail right-of-way that the city of Hilliard has recently annexed. Hilliard intends to redevelop the right-of-way as part of the Hilliard to Marysville regional bike path, which is identified on the 1994 Regional Bicycle Transportation Facilities Plan, prepared by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.