Plain Township officials once again are trying to sell their 32.4-acre lot on Walnut Street to Columbus Metro Parks.

Plain Township officials once again are trying to sell their 32.4-acre lot on Walnut Street to Columbus Metro Parks.

Township administrator J.B. Bowe said he has been talking with Metro Parks director John O'Meara about selling the property for $15,000 per acre -- $500 more per acre than Metro Parks officials originally proposed last June.

At the $15,000 price, the township would make about $486,000 on the sale.

According to Bowe's administrator's report presented to the trustees at their Feb. 17 meeting, the Walnut Street property would make a good entrance to the proposed 12,000-acre Rocky Fork Headwaters Metro Park in northern Plain Township.

Bowe said he hopes to sell the land for $15,000 per acre because there are two structures on the property: a barn and a garage with an attached storage shed.

Steve Studenmund, strategic planning and land acquisition manger for Metro Parks, said $14,500 per acre is about what the park district has been paying for land for the past couple of years.

He said Metro Parks purchased 55 acres last October for $14,600 per acre, which is about the maximum the district has paid for land in the area.

"We have a board meeting coming up March 9 and we will probably discuss some of that during an executive session," he said, noting the board of directors makes all land-acquisition decisions.

Metro Parks has purchased about 378 acres for the Rocky Fork Headwaters Metro Park, which is slated to open in 2012.