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Cleveland Metroparks board OK's taking over Whiskey Island
If Cuyahoga council goes along, the island will be part of the parks by the end of the year
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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Whiskey Island is slated to become park of Metroparks.
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Cleveland Metroparks formally agreed this (Thursday) morning to take over Whiskey Island from Cuyahoga County.

The county bought the nearly 70 acres of lakefront property in 2004 to keep it from industrial development. The deal calls the park system to buy it for $1 and to invest more than $6 million into new docks, a breakwall and other upgrades.

The transfer includes Wendy Park and small parcels on the east and west banks of the Flats, which could be used for water-taxi service, Not included is the Coast Guard station that now belongs to the city of Cleveland.

County Council will consider the deal next week. If it agrees, the transfer will take place in December.

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