Joplin Land Could Become Park, Outdoor Classroom
JOPLIN(AP) - Joplin has been working with a federal agency to obtain about eight acres that could be returned to prairie.
The Joplin Globe reports the owner is offering to sell the parcel for use as city park land. The landowner hasn't been identified.
Tony Robyn, Joplin's disaster recovery coordinator, has worked on obtaining the land with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Missouri Prairie Foundation. Robyn says the federal wildlife agency has agreed to buy the property and provide money to maintain the property.
If the deal is completed, ownership would be turned over to the not-for-profit Missouri Prairie Foundation, which would clean and replant the property as a natural green space. Once returned to its natural prairie-savanna state, the land could be used as an outdoor classroom.