Senator Gentile Announces Funding For Local Parks Projects

LouFunds released by Ohio Controlling Board, total nearly $200,000

COLUMBUS, OH –The Ohio Controlling Board met yesterday to approve the release of funds to state agencies and programs. State Senator Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville) was a voting member of the panel yesterday afternoon in Columbus.

Among items approved for release of funds were several NatureWorks local parks projects in Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson, Meigs Noble, and Washington counties. NatureWorks is a grant program run by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources available to cities, villages, counties, townships, park districts, and conservancy districts for local park projects. Examples include grant money for electrical service to a boat launch facility and construction of a new pavilion.

“Our local parks improve the quality of life for our communities and are a vital component of economic development,” said Gentile. “Access to recreational opportunities can help attract businesses and other employers to the area, contributing to a stronger economy.”

Under the NatureWorks program, the state can reimburse up to 75% of acquisition, rehabilitation, development of public park and recreation areas. Since the grant’s inception, over 2300 public park projects in all 88 Ohio counties have been funded.

“We recognize the challenges that our local communities face to maintain their existing recreational assets,” Gentile said today. “This grant program will provide much needed financial assistance to communities so that they can provide recreational opportunities to their citizens.”

Below is a complete list of 30th Senate District projects that were approved for release of funding.

Athens County – Nelsonville – Addition to current walk path around football field – $42,207

Belmont County – Powhatan Point – Install electrical service throughout the Boat Launch Facility – $29,575

Carroll County – Carroll County Park District – Bluebird Farm Park Pavilion – $43,796

Harrison County – MWCD – Thirty new picnic tables in Clendening campground – $11,250

Jefferson County – Steubenville Parks & Recreation – Improve the baseball field at Rotary Park – $27,721

Jefferson County – Warren Twp Park District – Playground equipment at Township Park – $4,752

Meigs County – Pomeroy- Sugar Run Park Acquisition – $20,638

Noble County – Batesville – Community Park Renovations – $33,231

Washington County – Marietta – Upgrade playground at Lookout Park – $30,013