Hillside Opdycke Park

The yellow outlines show land east of the intersection of county roads 16 and J, in and around Opdycke Park, north of Hillside Country Living. While the 87 acres is generally recognized as in or near the county’s Opdycke Park, its never been formally transferred from Hillside to the county. To rectify that, county commissioners are getting a fair market value appraisal. They will then make a payment to Hillside, and formally deed the property to the county park board, which oversees the county’s parks.

Williams County Commissioners are in the process of getting an appraisal of the market value of nearly 87 acres of land in and around Opdycke Park, north of Hillside Country Living.

The land is located east of the intersection of county roads 16 and J, and north of the historic Opdycke Park Barn. While the land generally is recognized as in or near the county’s Opdycke Park, it’s never been formally transferred from Hillside to the county, commissioner Lew Hilkert said.

To rectify that, Hilkert said, commissioners are getting a fair market value appraisal. They will then make a payment to Hillside, and formally deed the property to the county park board.

“We’ll make Hillside whole, then transfer the land to the park system,” Hilkert explained this past week.

He said he hopes to have the appraisal complete within a few weeks. The land is in three parcels — 0.311 acres, 56.119 acres and 32.136 acres — that could be folded into a single parcel once the deed is transferred.

“The survey work has been done, over a year ago ... but because of COVID we had put that on a holding pattern, but now it is time to get that appraisal. As soon as that appraisal is done, we’ll move that forward,” Hilkert told his fellow commissions during the March 22 meeting.

It will be up to Hillside’s discretion how they want to use the funds from the land sale, Hilkert said.

A portion of the land is the site of a new 18-hole disc golf course now under construction north of the Opdycke Park Barn. The disc golf course, a project of the county park board, is bisected by the Beaver Creek and routes along both side of a bridge that crosses the creek to the barn.

Hilkert said the Hillside Aeromodelers Radio Controlled Flying Club, which operates on a small strip of land on the north side of the property in question, will not be affected and will continue to operate. The historic cemetery on the east side of the site also will not be touched, he said.

Opdycke Park was established by the county in 1988 from land that formerly was property of the county infirmary/county home. It was named in honor of Leonard Opdycke and his family, who were well-known local public servants.

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