Big Marine Park to add land

Washington County will purchase the Croone property on Margo Avenue to add to Big Marine Park Reserve in the northern portion of the county.

The county board on Tuesday, July 10 approved the $465,000 purchase of the  2.5 acre parcel. The county began authorizing negotiations for acquisitions for the park in 1989. The acquisition of this piece of property was initiated by the property owners who advised the county of their interest in selling the property. An appraisal was completed and reviewed by the county board; the Washington County Parks and Open Space Commission also recommended purchasing the property.

The purchase price will be paid by the Land and Water Legacy Program (LWLP), and the Metropolitan Council will reimburse the LWLP 75 percent of the acquisition cost, or $348,750.