Jefferson Township trustees are being asked to christen more than 40 acres of new parks: Plumbers Park and Wengert Woods.

Jefferson Township trustees are being asked to christen more than 40 acres of new parks: Plumbers Park and Wengert Woods.

The two undeveloped parcels were acquired by the township in 2005 through a grant from the state's Clean Ohio Fund.

The parcel at 7375 Wengert Road, west of Waggoner Road, is more than 27 acres, is wooded and is bordered on one side by the Blacklick Creek. The interior of the park includes such natural features as cliffs and ravines. The other parcel is more than 14 acres at 860 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road. This land previously was owned by Associated Plumbing & Hydronics Contractors and has been known informally as Plumbers Park.

Township officials said that plans involve eventually connecting the two parcels via a pedestrian bridge across the Blacklick Creek.

Neither parcel currently is open to the public, but township officials said plans for the properties include new shelters and restrooms so they could be used by residents. Township officials are researching and writing a variety of grant applications to offset the cost of making the parks usable.

Trustees are expected to vote on the proposed names, forwarded to them by the parks board, when they meet Dec. 28.

Also, the parks board is hosting its annual "Winter Walk in the Woods" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9. The naturalist-led walk will be held at the Jefferson Community Park on Clark State Road.

Walkers will have the opportunity to participate in tapping maple trees for syrup, and the free event will conclude with hot chocolate and cookies around a fire.

In other business, trustees scheduled a public hearing on the rezoning of 38.6 acres in the Woods at Jefferson Run subdivision for 6 p.m. Jan. 11. The property is zoned for a condominium development, but the developers want to build a lower-density, single-family homes project.