Violet Township's fourth public park has been planned for several years, but an official last week said a lack of funding and staffing resources could push the development of the Busey Road Park back three more years.

Violet Township's fourth public park has been planned for several years, but an official last week said a lack of funding and staffing resources could push the development of the Busey Road Park back three more years.

In 2009, Violet Township rolled out designs for the development of an approximately 32-acre park on the south side of Busey Road between Hill and Diley roads in Canal Winchester.

At that time, township officials had hopes the unofficially dubbed, Busey Road Park, would be completed and opened to the public by 2011 or 2012.

Since that time, the township has continued to plan for the park, but two historical log cabins to be prominently featured there remain in storage, and walking paths and the park parking lot haven't been surfaced.

According to township director of operations Bill Yaple, the progress of the park has been slowed substantially by a lack of funding.

To date, township officials have opted to finance the park's development through grants that would not have to be repaid instead of using township funds.

"We do not have a target date for opening," Yaple said. "We're kind of doing it as we have funds and as we have staff time."

Although not officially open, Yaple said the land, which essentially is open green space, can be accessed and used by the public.

However, he said the placement of the log cabins – both believed to be more than 200 years old and among the first structures built in Violet Township – as well as the completion of the paths and parking lot aren't expected to occur this year or next.

"That won't happen," Yaple said. "It's later. It's '14 or '15. That would be my best guess unless the trustees would say different."

The township purchased the 32 acres for the Busey Road Park in 2008 with a $170,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Since then, local Boy Scout David Hobson completed an Eagle Scout project in the park, which included construction of five benches and spreading wood chips for a trail through the park's 10-acre wooded area.

One of the cabins, formerly owned by the Root family, was located at the northwest corner of Diley and Busey roads.

It was donated to the township by the city of Pickerington, after the city planned to demolish it to make way for the widening of Diley Road.

It since has been disassembled and will be reconstructed at the park, according to the preliminary plans.

The other cabin formerly stood on Carroll Northern Road, about a half-mile south of state Route 256.

It was owned by multiple families throughout its history and was going to be torn down to make way for the construction of a new home on its original site.

It was purchased by township resident Doug Reedy who then donated the cabin to the township.

"We had the log cabins taken down and they're being stored," Yaple said. "We'll have to have a guy re-erect those, and that's going to take some money."

Yaple said the township could move forward with portions of the park project if it's awarded up to $30,000 in additional ODNR grants.

It's unclear, however, if or when the township might receive those monies.

"There is a lot of work to complete on that site yet," he said.

"We applied for a grant to help with the walking paths but do not have an answer if we were successful."