HOBART | The City Council has given final approval to the Hobart Marsh Plan after several months of fine-tuning by officials.
"The plan gives us guidance," City Councilman David Vinzant, D-4th, said.
City Councilman John Brezik, D- 5th, agreed.
"It's a great starting point. ... The plan opens up the area to positive things and allows development of what we can out there," Brezik said.
The Hobart Marsh Plan, which encompasses 1,000 acres of park and wetlands on the city's west side, will include Robinson Lake Park as its hub, city officials have said.
The plan calls for corridors for activity, including biking and hiking trails, trail heads and markers, and a connection between the marsh property and nearby residential areas.
Friends of Robinson Lake members have continued to support the marsh plan.
"We've packed every meeting because we want this plan passed," spokesman Sandy O'Brien said.
The plan has bounced back and forth between the Plan Commission and City Council since late last year when a public hearing was held.
City officials in the spring of 2012 held a three-day planning session led by Kenneth Peregon, a landscape architect with OCBA of Kalamazoo, Mich.
The Michigan consulting company was paid through a $25,000 grant the city received, city officials said.