Practically $300,000 in state grants going to 9 space counties for out of doors recreation facilities

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Nine territorial counties from Logan to Warren will receive nearly $300,000 from the state for new outdoor recreation facilities, ranging from upgrading a swimming pool to building an accessible restroom for Americans with disabilities.

Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) director Mary Mertz on Tuesday awarded $1.7 million in grants to support dozens of outdoor recreation projects in communities across Ohio.

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

Grants awarded under the NatureWorks program will support 68 outdoor recreation projects in 62 counties including Butler, Clark, Greene, Logan, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Warren.

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,” Mertz said. “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 percent reimbursement support to local government departments responsible for acquiring, developing and restoring recreation areas. 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.

Here are the projects and awards going to Dayton-area counties:

◊ Butler (Oxford): $46,206 for installing ADA-accessible features in Oxford Community Park

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◊ Clark (New Carlisle): $45,000 for concrete slab replacement, installation of 3 shelters at municipal swimming pool

◊ Greene (Bellbrook Sugarcreek Park District): $41,876 for the installation of an accessible walkway with musical play features and an awning and sensory sound path in Petrikis Park

◊ Logan (DeGraff): $14,720 to install a swing bench, 4 picnic tables, an exercise station, 5 disc golf holes, and 3 dog poop stations at DeGraff Village Park

◊ Logan (West Liberty) $9,868 for demolition of existing restroom and site preparation for new restroom at Lions Park

◊ Mercer (Coldwater) $11,068 for building a dog park at Coldwater Bark Park

◊ Miami (West Milton) $21,022 to rebuild the retaining wall and add an ADA accessible sidewalk at West Milton Parks

◊ Montgomery (Vandalia) $61,052 for the construction of an ADA accessible toilet building in Robinette Park

◊ Preble (Lewisburg) $10,900 for replacing the chain link fence and adding a net at Ball Diamond in Lewis Community Park

◊ Warren (Hamilton Twp.) $31,253 for building picnic shelter in Marr Park