Saturday, April 22, 2000

Group opposes new road in park

Millikin Woods home to wildlife

BY Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — A local preservation group on Wednesday will present City Council with 1,000 signatures opposing construction of a road through Millikin Woods.

        The Millikin Woods Preservation Association said the new road, North Washington Boulevard, will destroy the wildflowers, deer and trees in the park.

        “That is our green space and we want to leave it as such for future generations to enjoy, just as we have in the past,” said Jeanne Mari ana, a member of the group.

        The association has been picking up steam since April 15. That's when the group held an informational meeting in the park about the proposed road. The group also is planning a Web site, will write letters to council members and will make a presentation to City Council, Ms. Mariana said.

        Councilwoman Sharon Hughes said Friday the city has $200,000 in this fiscal year's budget to conduct an engineering study. Construction of the road, which would be paid for mostly with state funds, could begin next year. But first council must take a formal vote, which is several months away.


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