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Ridgeville Park In Line For $10,000 State Grant




A picnic shelter was added to the Ridgeville Township Park last fall. The park board continues to upgrade the facility. This year, a grant was obtained to fund additional playground equipment. The next big additions for the park include a combination tennis basketball court and a parking area.– photo by Pam Kruse

A picnic shelter was added to the Ridgeville Township Park last fall. The park board continues to upgrade the facility. This year, a grant was obtained to fund additional playground equipment. The next big additions for the park include a combination tennis basketball court and a parking area.– photo by Pam Kruse

The Ridgeville Township Park District is in line for a $10,000 State of Ohio grant, which will go to purchase playground equipment.

Barry Ranzau, president of the park board, said Monday the grant isn’t official yet, “but all they had to do was get one more signature.”

The funding comes through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources NatureWorks program.

Ranzau said money from the grant will be used to purchase playground equipment– specifically, a swing set and a crawling tube.

By the time the equipment is purchased and installed, along with necessary fallsafe material and landscaping, Ranzau said the bulk of the money will be used.

“It does not buy very much,” he said.

The new equipment will be installed in the spring. Volunteer help will be utilized to do the work.

Last fall, the construction of a new picnic shelter was completed at the park.

It has a roof but no sidewalls; it is similar to shelters built in Woodland Park in Archbold.

The next park projects are a parking lot and a multipurpose court.

“We’re getting big enough, we need a parking lot. We’ve been using the parking lot at the Christ Community Church,” he said.

The multipurpose court will offer space for basketball and tennis.

“Those are the two next big things,” he said.

The park board meets on the second Tuesday of every month, with the exception of January, at 7 pm at the Ridgeville Township building.

The next meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 12.


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