The Thomas J. Evans Foundation recently purchased about 4 acres at the trailhead of the T.J. Evans bike path in Johnstown.

The Thomas J. Evans Foundation recently purchased about 4 acres at the trailhead of the T.J. Evans bike path in Johnstown.

The land comprises two sites: a 3.767-acre tract and a 0.233-acre property. The land is at 187 E. Jersey St., where Jersey dead-ends on the east side of Track Street.

The foundation purchased the land from longtime owner Roy Bailey, who no longer using the land and was ready to sell, said Sarah Wallace, chairwoman of the Thomas J. Evans Foundation board.

Wallace said the land was purchased for $230,000 in March.

The property will be leased to the village at no charge, and the village will be given full use of the site.

"The property purchased by the T.J. Evans Foundation will have a huge role in upgrading an already wonderful community asset in the T.J. Evans bike path," said Jim Lenner, village manager. "Although we have no immediate plans, we will work with the foundation and other local partners to decide the best way to enhance the property."

Lenner said the village's leaders aren't sure yet how to improve the site. He said he would present the lease during Johnstown Village Council's regular meeting April 21.

"We're happy to do this for Johnstown," Wallace said. "Now it's up to Johnstown to mow the grass and think about the best use for the land."

She said the foundation had been working for some time to get the land and that a deal finally came to fruition.

Thomas J. Evans was a pharmacist from Newark who, upon his death, left his money to a private foundation to benefit the community, said Wallace, the daughter J. Gilbert Reese, the foundation's former chairman.