State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) Tuesday announced state money for a local community development project in Cuyahoga County. The City of Lakewood will receive $105,000 to replace playground equipment and the playground surface at Lakewood Park.

“I am pleased to announce this funding to our community and our beloved Lakewood Park. Parks and recreational areas enrich our lives, improve our overall health and strengthen our community ties,” said Rep. Antonio. “These park improvements will surely benefit families in the city, providing our kids an improved place to get active and play.”

The funding is made possible through the state’s NatureWorks Grant Program. The program provides up to 75 percent reimbursement assistance to local governments and related subdivisions, including townships, villages, cities, counties, park districts, joint recreation districts and conservancy districts. Ohio voters approved a 1993 bond issue that provides funding for the grant program.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for the next round of NatureWorks grants until May 1, 2015. For more information on the program, visit or call 614-265-6477.

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