The Rundown

Ohio parks and rec to get millions in federal grants

By: - October 11, 2021 12:10 am

Horacio Romero of Toledo, Ohio looks at algae in Lake Erie at Maumee Bay State Park in Oregon, Ohio. Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images.

The National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund is granting more than $10 million for local parks and recreation areas.

Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office announced the grant funding, which is part of legislation passed in June 2020 to make investments to national parks and public lands infrastructure.

The biggest of the 18 grants, $2.5 million, is going to Maumee Bay State Park in Oregon to replace part of a boardwalk in the park. $1.5 million is going to Salt Fork State Park in Lore City for construction and upgrades and $1.1 million will be directed to Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in Oak Harbor for facility renovations and development.

Also receiving grants are the cities of Euclid, Beavercreek and Piqua; the village of New Paris; Countryside Park in Washington Township; Van Buren State Park; the Conneaut Township Park Board; the MetroParks of Butler County; the Preservation Parks of Delaware County; Chaparral State Nature Preserve in West Union; Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs; Stage’s Pond State Nature Preserve in Ashville; Tar Hollow State Forest in Laurelville; and Wildlife District 3 Headquarters in Akron.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources also received a grant to produce the statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation plan for 2024 to 2028.

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Susan Tebben
Susan Tebben

Susan Tebben is an award-winning journalist with a decade of experience covering Ohio news, including courts and crime, Appalachian social issues, government, education, diversity and culture. She has worked for The Newark Advocate, The Glasgow Daily Times, The Athens Messenger, and WOUB Public Media. She has also had work featured on National Public Radio.

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