OWENSVILLE – When the Clermont County Park District passed its first-ever property tax levy in the fall of 2016 the benefits went beyond its six parks, three nature preserves and hike/bike trail.
The Park District pledged assistance for other parks in Clermont County townships, villages or cities that might lack the funds for a certain project.
So, for the second straight year, the Park District offers the Community Parks Improvement Grant Program. The 2018 program has $100,000 available and an individual grant application may ask for up to $20,000.
“We don’t have parks in every township or village,” said Director Chris Clingman. “This is one way for us to be more directly involved in those communities where we don’t have any facilities. But it’s also a way for us to share the spotlight with the local parks in communities where we do.”
Potential applicants are invited to attend one of two informational sessions Wednesday, July 25. Sessions are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Pattison Park Lodge in Owensville. For more information on 2018 program and to RSVP, please see the link below.
“When we say we want people to enjoy the parks in Clermont County, we mean all of them, not just the Park District properties,” said Community Relations Manager Mark Motz. “We’re passionate about recreation.
“If we can help a neighborhood park get a new piece of playground equipment, clear some trails repair a ball field or whatever it may need to help more people in that community enjoy the facility, we love being a part of that.”
The grant application deadline is Sept. 20; recipients will be notified in October and have a year to complete their projects.
Blank applications are available below.
Mark D. Motz is the Community Relations Manager for the Clermont County Park District. A native Cincinnatian, he has worked for more than 25 years as an award-winning journalist and public relations professional. Away from work, he enjoys photography, theater and spending time with his nine godchildren.