ODNR Awards $1.7 Million to Improve Outdoor Recreation in Ohio
COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Real Estate and Land Management will provide grant funding to develop and improve outdoor recreation opportunities in 58 Ohio counties.
ODNR has awarded a total of $1,719,575 to 90 local parks through the 2008 NatureWorks Grant Program. The program provides up to 75 percent reimbursement assistance to local government subdivisions (i.e., townships, villages, cities, counties, park districts, joint recreation districts, and conservancy districts) for the acquisition, development and rehabilitation of recreational areas.
Funded projects include new skate parks, ball fields, basketball courts, pedestrian park bridges, spray and splash parks and the acquisition of new parkland.
View a complete list of grant recipients at this link: http://ohiodnr.com/Portals/0/natureworks/pdf/NatureWorkAwards.pdf.
NatureWorks projects are funded through the Ohio Parks and Natural Resources Bond Issue, which was approved by Ohio voters in November 1993. It authorized the State of Ohio:
“…to issue bonds, which will be retired from general state revenues, to finance capital improvements for state and local parks and recreation areas and to preserve Ohio’s natural areas and habitats…”
Additional legislation authorized the creation of the NatureWorks Grant Program.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR web site at www.ohiodnr.gov.