Local projects receive ODNR funding

December 17, 2012

Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources recently announced that 105 community-based projects would receive state and federal grants. Among those projects are two area projects aimed at improving community parks.

“The thoughtful and quality projects proposed by local officials reflects a long-term commitment to providing recreational opportunities to their citizens,” said Paul Baldridge, chief of the ODNR Office of Real Estate in a released statement. “These projects will impact communities for generations and will enhance the quality of life for many Ohioans in the coming years.”

Ironton’s Bellmont Park is receiving $10,611 to construct a pocket park. First National Park in Pike County will be receiving $10,286 to make various park improvements.

According to released information, “this year these programs will support the acquisition of more than 98 acres of green space as well as the development and improvement of 23 playgrounds, five splash parks and dozens of other local improvement projects.”

For more information about ODNR and the many programs they offer visit, www.ohiodnr.com.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or wallen@heartlandpublications.com.