Southern Ohio Parks and Trails to Benefit from Recent Grant Awards

A few wooded trails in Ross, Pickaway, Jackson and Vinton Counties will benefit from grant awards through the Clean Ohio Trails Fund, NatureWorks and Recreational Trails grant programs.

Thirteen area parks across nine counties were chosen to receive funding as part of the recent announcement by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The grants are meant to improve outdoor recreational opportunities for Ohio families and promote tourism.

Ross County will receive nearly $57,000 from the NatureWorks fund for land acquisition in Yoctangee Park.  The Chillicothe Parks and Recreation Department will use the funds to purchase slightly more than 1.3 acres of land.

Pickaway County will get nearly $18,000 from the NatureWorks fund for Community Park lighting improvements in South Bloomfield. That includes the installation of 24 pole mounted outdoor floodlights to light the main park sidewalk entrance and playground.

Vinton County will receive nearly $9,000 from the NatureWorks fund for improvements to Wyman Park in McArthur. The money will be used for new playground equipment and improvements to the ball field. Vinton County also receives $85,000 from the Clean Ohio Trails Fund for engineering designs for bridges along the Moonville Rail Trail.

Jackson County has been awarded nearly $15,000 from the NatureWorks fund for renovations and improvements to Manpower Park in the City of Jackson.

Other counties to receive funding are Highland, Fayette, Gallia, Lawrence, and Clinton.

The full list of recipients and the amounts awarded can be found in the chart below:

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