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Park has big plans, needs big bucks

WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — There are big plans for a 435-acre park in a northern Cincinnati suburb. But they require big money.

The Voice of America MetroPark in West Chester Township has begun work on a $3 million first phase of expansion that will bring 22 new natural-turf multipurpose fields. Park officials expect them to be regional drawing cards for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, cricket tournaments. There are also plans for tournament-ready baseball and softball fields.

The Butler County Visitors Bureau has put in $1 million, with the rest from the park system that has taxpayer funding from a 2010 levy.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/11hxg2X ) that millions more are needed to add fields and a fieldhouse with concession stand and bathrooms. Any park development grants are scarce, so private support will be needed.

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