City parks dept. wins $150K grant


By Nathan Kraatz - nkraatz@civitasmedia.com



WILMINGTON — Wilmington Parks and Recreation recently won a grant of about $150,000 from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, administered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The money will be used to build a skate park and splash park in the David R. Williams Memorial Park in close proximity near the Kroger/Clintmont Field. The parks district is still raising funds and waiting to hear about an Ohio Public Works Commission grant of less than $30,000.

Lori Kersey Williams, director of Wilmington’s Parks and Recreation Department, said the project has enough to build the minimum needed for a splash and skate park but needs less than $100,000 to build the park it hopes to build.

Several organizations have donated to the project already, Williams said.

Two of those include the Clinton County Commissioners, who donated $63,000 to help meet a matching requirement for the two grants named above, and the City of Wilmington, which agreed to offer in-kind support in the form of water, including installing necessary hardware to get water to the splash park.

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By Nathan Kraatz

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