Off-Road Jeep Park to be Built on Site of Old Toledo Assembly?!

Date 2010/2/16 8:49:57 | Topic: Wrangler

Wow - this could be something very exciting! According to the Toledo Blade, there are talks to build an off-road park on the site of the now-demolished Toledo Assembly plant:
In January, The Blade delivered an idea that has occurred to a number of Toledoans and to Chrysler's Jeep brand president, Michael Manley.

The idea was to mark the Wrangler milestone by building a four-wheel-drive "playground" on the now-vacant 70-acre site of Chrysler's former Toledo Jeep Assembly Plant on Jeep Parkway in West Toledo.

The site, adjacent to I-75, still boasts the smokestack from the former Overland Company, along with more than enough land to create giant hills, mud bogs, and log and rock obstacles to demonstrate the Jeep's legendary ability.

To Toledo Mayor Mike Bell and other economic development officials, the site's rich history and the anniversary provide a direct opportunity to bring thousands of Jeep enthusiasts to the city this summer for relatively little cost.

"What we need to do is sit down and figure out how we make this event extremely significant to celebrate a product that's so important to the city of Toledo, and do it in a way that doesn't cost the taxpayers any money," Mr. Bell said.

Bruce Baumhower, president of United Auto Workers Local 12, whose members have assembled the vehicles in Toledo for several different automakers since the Jeep's birth, presented the idea to the membership and executive board last week.

"They loved it," Mr. Baumhower said. "Many of them have already stepped up to volunteer for a planning committee to make it happen."

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