Monday, December 22, 2014

Community Park Improvement Grant Awards Distributed

The Darke County Park District awarded over $21,000 in Community Park Improvement Grants in 2014.

Projects ranged from restroom renovations to playground equipment to security lighting and pool slides in 14 county park areas. Due to budget constraints, many of these local projects come about only with the aid of the Park District’s small grants and the work of many community volunteers. 

Shown accepting checks for their communities last evening at the Darke County Park’s Nature Education Center are: City of Greenville, Deb Berger, Park Manager, Village of Ansonia, Jerry Koverman, Mayor, Village Arcanum, Bill Sinnes, Village Administrator, Esther Clark, Village of Gettysburg, Park Board Member, Village of Hollansburg, Dana Heck, Mayor, Village of New Madison, Patty Jackson, Council Member, Village of North Star, Joe Wagner, Council Member, Village of Osgood, Dan Grieshop, Park Board Member, Village of Rossburg, Dan Howe, Mayor, Village of Union City, Ohio, Marcia Kiser, Park Bard President and Barb Long, Park Board Member, Village of Versailles, Rodd Hale, Village Administrator, Village of Wayne Lake, John McRoberts, Council President. Also receiving awards but not in attendance were: Village of Palestine, Village of Pitsburg and Village of New Weston.

Darke County Park Commissioners Steve Shaltry, John Cook and Roger Brocious along with Park Director Roger Van Frank awarded checks and thanked all the communities for keeping parks alive for their local citizens’ health and recreational needs.

The Darke County Park District promised the Community Park Improvement Grants Program 20 years ago after the first ½ mil levy passed. The grant was designed to help local Darke County governments afford active recreational areas in their communities. Since the first year of awards over Six Hundred and Seventy Three Thousand dollars ($673,000) have been awarded to the twenty-one Villages and city in Darke County. Research shows that parks of all kinds lead to better physical and mental health and a better quality of life for the communities. Parks and trails are also desired by young professionals and workers with families who are needed to continue the next generation of businesses in the Darke County economy. “The Darke County Park District is proud to be able to encourage and support each local community in Darke County with this grant program” stated Park Board Commissioner L. Stephen Shaltry.

For more information about the Park District and programs please visit or call 937-548-0165.

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