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Ohio University signs license agreement with Hocking Conservancy District

ATHENS, Ohio (May 20, 2005) -- Ohio University has announced that it will enter a license agreement at no cost with the Hocking Conservancy District to use approximately five acres of land across the river from the recreational soccer field at the end of Stimson Avenue near U.S. Route 50/33.

Ohio University will maintain the land for recreational purposes, primarily space for intramural activities. The land is used as an overflow water area for the Hocking River and is not appropriate for use as a building site.

The Hocking Conservancy District leases this land with the condition that it be mowed and maintained by Ohio University.

"Relieving the Conservancy of its mowing duties would enable us to spend more time removing sediment from the Hocking River", said Terry Courtney, Hocking Conservancy District secretary-treasurer. "We have been offered large sums of money from companies that want to build structures on the land that we are leasing to Ohio University, but we are committed to keeping it as green space."

The Hocking Conservancy District will retain a small portion of the land that it will license to the university for dredging purposes.

"This is an exciting agreement for the university because this land has potential as valuable recreational space," said Assistant Vice President for Facilities Planning and Construction John Kotowski. "We won't build any permanent structures there, but we may eventually install lights on the land for safety purposes. We are in the process of developing a plan for its use."

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Media Contact: Ohio University Media Specialist George Mauzy, (740) 597-1794 or mauzy@ohio.edu

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