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Dixon Quarry

For information about renting the Dixon Quarry Pavilion, click HERE.

 

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The Village has worked very hard making improvements to the new Dixon Quarry Park. The Park includes a six acre lake for recreational fishing, walking paths, park shelters, fitness trails, and a bike path that will connect to the Alum Creek Greenway/Olentangy-Scioto Bike Trail that runs all through central Ohio.

  • The base recreation trails are installed.
  • The Upper and Lower parking lots are complete.
  • The Southern access road from Industrial Center Drive is complete.
  • The exterior shell of the Shelter House is complete.
  • The interior finish on the Shelter House is complete.
  • The initial set of park signage has been installed.
  • The pond has been stocked with Largemouth Bass, Bluegill/Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, White Amurs, Rainbow Trout, and is open for fishing. All fishing in the Village of Obetz is catch and release.
  • The Archery range is completed and operational.

FAQ’s

  • When will Dixon Quarry open to the public?
    • The park is open and available to the public.
  • Is there a charge to use the park?
    • No.
  • Can I rent the shelter for events?
    • Yes.  Beginning April 1st, 2016, reservations can start being made. Council has yet to set a fee schedule.
  • Do I need a fishing license to fish there?
    • No.
  • What are the Park hours?
    • Daylight to Dusk.
  • How did Obetz pay for the 50 Acre Park?
    • It did not.  The Park was donated by a local real estate company (Thanks Mike!).  The estimated value of the land is over $2 million.
  • When will the fitness stations open?
    • Summer of 2016.
  • Why is it named Dixon Quarry?
    • In honor of PFC Christopher Dixon, U.S.M.C.  Chris was an Obetz boy and American hero tragically killed in the war in Iraq.  The park commemorates his legacy of heroism and love of the outdoors.
  • Will the Park cost me more taxes?
    • No.  That is not how taxes work at all.  The Park is funded by General Fund Capital Expenditures derived from a variety of sources.  Property taxes are a tiny component part of those tax payments averaging about $50 per house per year.  The estimated cost of park improvements will not require a tax increase, just as none of the other improvements have resulted in tax increases.
  • Will the Park raise my water bill?
    • No.  That is not how water rates work at all.  Water payments can only be used to fund the water system.  The Village can not use water payments to build or improve parks.  Water money can only be used to fund the water system, which must be self-sustaining in a fiscally responsible and conservative government like ours.