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Country club closing it's doors, city considering purchasing land

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JASPER, IN (WFIE) -

The Jasper Country Club will close for good at the end of this year. And a potential Jasper partnership, is discussing whether or not they would like to buy the land the club sits on.

The land is currently owned by the Jasper Country Club, but that ownership only lasts until the end of this year.

Now, three jasper entities, the city of Jasper, Jasper Schools, and the Jasper Public Library Board are looking at a potential partnership to buy this land and turn it into a park.

"We have never had, as a community, a formal central located area, a unified park."

Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz says the partnership is in the early stages of development, but he says all three entities are intrigued by what this land could become.

"We have this central property in our community that really makes it a possibility of creating a park, maybe a campus, that would grow out over a period of time, even to a generation," said Mayor Seitz. But (it would) literally, potentially positively affect the community of Jasper for many years to come."

"If we, as a district, wanted to be able to expand any one of our campuses, whether it's the high school or an elementary campus, we would want to find something that was somewhat centrally located," said Jasper Superintendent Dr. Tracy Lorey. "And that particular property has those characteristics."

With the course just a few yards away from the high school, Dr. Lorey says it makes sense to consider the proposal.

"This will require a great amount of planning." said Mayor Seitz. "But preliminarily, it's just the way we want to look at the potential right now."

An exact timetable for when this land might be purchased and for when a park might go in has not yet been set. But Mayor Seitz says they will look to make a decision soon, as they may not get another opportunity like this.

Mayor Seitz also stresses they are only interested in buying the land where the country club's golf course sits, not the clubhouse building.

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