For the second straight year, the Clermont County Park District offered a Community Parks Improvement Grant Program.
When the Park District passed its first-ever property tax levy in the fall of 2016, it pledged assistance for other parks in Clermont County townships, villages or cities that might lack funds for a certain project.
“We don’t have parks in every township or village,” said Park District 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.”
As a result, the park District awarded six grants totaling nearly $95,000 during its October board meeting. Grant recipients have a year to complete their projects.
The Park District money adds up to $94,904, but the total economic impact is much higher as several of the grants are matches to what the communities are putting into the projects themselves.
“Most of the parks in the county don’t have the funding to do everything they would like to do for their residents,” Clingman said. “We’re trying to bridge that gap for them and make each local park experience memorable and meaningful.
“We want every resident of the county – and the visitors to our communities – to have access to top-notch park facilities. This is one of the ways we can help do that and we’re excited to see these projects come to life.”
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.