Wednesday, December 19, 2012

17th Year of Community Grants Benefit Local Parks

Pictured from Left to Right are the 2012 Community Grant Recipients: Steve Shaltry, Darke County Park District Commissioner, Tom Welbaum, Ansonia, Larry Green, Gettysburg, Joe Wagner, North Star, Dan Howe, Rossburg, Marcia Kiser and Barb Long, Union City, Rodd Hale, Versailles, Gary Young, Wayne Lakes, Roger Van Frank, Director of Darke County Park District, Dan Schipfer, Darke County Park District Commissioner
Darke County Parks is thrilled to announce another cycle of Community Grants have been awarded for the 2012 grant cycle. The Community Parks Improvement Program began as one of the promises to the residents of Darke County upon successfully passing a levy in 1994 and the renewal of that Levy in 2003, to allow for expansion of services and facilities. Over the past 17 years, the Park District has returned $625,181.60 to 21 different villages and cities in Darke County.

Each year a board of six members, including the Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners, meet to determine what grants will be awarded. Applications focus on addressing health and safety factors in each community and applicants are awarded based on need. The Community Grants program is a re-imbursement grant program and the villages are notified in June if they have received the requested grant. The re-imbursement takes place in December of each year after the project has been completed. A variety of projects have been funded, from bleachers, playground equipment, shelter houses to restroom facilities, picnic tables, slides, repairs of electrical service, and much more have all been funded through this program.

Director of Parks, Roger Van Frank stated, “The Darke County Park District is dedicated to improving active recreational services and facilities in your local community. These partnerships formed between Darke County communities and the Park District have been successful in creating safe and healthy environments for children and families to utilize all over the County.” For more information contact your Local Park Council or call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165, ask for the Director or email .

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