The Archbold Park Board scholarship program, established to assist low-income families with the fees charged for Archbold Parks & Recreation Department programs, has spent $3,000 since the program’s inception about 18 months ago
All the money spent by the scholarship fund was donated. None of the money came from park board funds.
That’s what Jennifer Kidder, parks and recreation director, told members of the Archbold Park Board at its meeting, Saturday, June 19.
Kidder said the fund was “getting kind of low” before the board received $25,000 as its share of a grant from First Energy Solutions.
The company gave the Village of Archbold the grant after voters in the village approved a deal committing to FES for electricity generation.
The board will use part of the $25,000 grant to pay for additional fertilizer for the grass at Woodlawn Park.
The topsoil in the park is not very good, she said. As a result, it’s been difficult to grow grass. The extra fertilizer will help, she said.
The money also will allow the board to finish the remodeling of the batting cages in Memorial Park, and build a picnic shelter in Woodlawn Park.
Kidder said baseball and softball programs are underway in the park; she said turnout for t-ball, a baseball type game for young children, was larger than normal.
She said the shade structure is complete at Memorial Park diamond number 1.
“I think people are really enjoying it,” she said.