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(L-R) Ben Corson, Claire Skinner, Tom Corson, and Larry Andrews

A small crowd gathered Friday (Aug. 17) morning at the south end of Winding River Estates in Middlebury, Ind., to set aside 82 acres of land for the future Corson County Park.

The Goshen News reported that Tom Corson, 90, former founder and CEO of Coachmen Industries Inc., donated the land to the Elkhart County Parks and Recreation Board when a portion of the planned residential development was deemed “unbuildable” by the Department of Natural Resources, said developer John Leatherman.

Rather than simply being a neighborhood green space, the land along the Little Elkhart River was “suddenly big enough to be a viable park for a county park,” Leatherman said.

Elkhart County Parks Director Ronda DeCaire said, the tipping point for land being “worthwhile” as a county park is about 75 acres. “Smaller than that isn’t enough for amenities” and functional use of resources, she said.

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