Governor Kasich to tour new Metropark

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CURTICE (WTVG) -- The largest project in the history of the Metroparks is set to open in the Spring of 2018. Today, Governor John Kasich is getting a preview.

He is scheduled to be in Curtice to walk the grounds of what's set to be a 1,000 acre wetlands, complete with 6.2 miles of hiking trails and boardwalks and 6 miles of deep water channels for fishing, kayaking and canoeing.

Howard Marsh will compliment the nearby Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Magee Marsh, Metzger Marsh State Wildlife Area and Maumee Bay State Park.

The new marsh is expected to capture stormwater from more than 320 acres of residential land, acting as a filter for phosphorus runoff that feeds the algal blooms in Lake Erie.

It will also provide a spawning habitat for walleye and a new resting area for migratory birds, with 12,000 trees near the Lake Erie shore.

The birds and fish attract tourists to the area, bringing millions of dollars to the state.

This project, topping $16M, was funded through state and local grants and levies.