Governor DeWine Proclaims New Outside Recreation Tasks in 62 Counties

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Mary Mertz today awarded $1.7 million in grants to support dozens of new recreational projects in the Supporting freelancers in local communities across the state.

“We are excited to help communities across Ohio create fun, safe and inclusive outdoor recreation opportunities,” said Governor DeWine. “These grants help local parks improve and enhance their outdoor spaces for Ohio citizens.”

The scholarships awarded under the NatureWorks Program, will support 68 outdoor recreation projects in 62 counties. Projects include the development of playgrounds, natural play areas, hiking trails, restrooms, dog parks, baseball fields, basketball courts, tennis and pickleball courts, wading pools and picnic shelters.

“These grants give us the opportunity to partner with local communities and invest in outdoor recreation throughout Buckeye State,” said Director Mertz. “We’re always looking for ways to get families and friends to get out and enjoy the beautiful places that can be found right in their own neighborhoods.”

NatureWorks grants provide up to 75% reimbursement support to local government departments responsible for acquiring, developing and restoring recreational areas. The projects are funded through the Ohio Parks and Natural Resources Bond Issue approved by Ohioans in November 1993. Additional legislation authorized the establishment of the NatureWorks Grant Program.