Rep. Patterson Announces Funding For Improvements In Geneva State Park
Funding from ODNR to increase accessibility in the Chestnut Grove area
January 28, 2014
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State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) announced on Monday that the state’s Controlling Board approved funding for a rehabilitation project in the Chestnut Grove area of Geneva State Park. $27,473 in funding from the state was awarded to the project through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) NatureWorks grant program.

“This is a great opportunity for our community,” said Rep. Patterson. “I am always pleased to see taxpayer dollars put to good use, and I believe these improvements will help grow our local economy by improving upon our long list of quality tourist attractions. I’m proud of the diligent work our county commissioners did to secure this important grant.”

The project funding will be used to increase park accessibility for people with disabilities. 75 percent of the total cost of the project was funded through NatureWorks, while the remaining dollars were contributed by Ashtabula County through the Convention Facilities Authority.

“It’s really nice that the state and local officials can work together to provide access to these natural habitats,” said Ashtabula County Commissioner Dan Claypool.

Future improvements to the park, not included in this project, include building sidewalks to connect the grove to the lodge and improving the existing parking lot.

NatureWorks is a state-funded grant program through ODNR that provides cost assistance to local governments for acquisition, development or rehabilitation of recreational areas.

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