Oak Harbor: Village to open fitness trail

Staff Writer

Oak Harbor
Village to open fitness trail

The Village of Oak Harbor will mark the official opening of a 0.6-mile concrete fitness trail in Veteran’s Park with a check presentation and ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 25 at 7:30 am, at the park.
In July, RMH Concrete completed construction of the 6-foot-wide, ADA-accessible walking path, that meanders through the green space on the outskirts of Oak Harbor’s largest park.
Funding for the project was made possible by a public-private partnership between the village, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Oak Harbor Development Group Founders Program, which consists of community partners who have pledged ongoing, annual support.
“The Village of Oak Harbor and the Oak Harbor Development Group have partnered on several projects to improve the quality of life for residents of the Oak Harbor community,” said Michael Shadoan, president of Oak Harbor Development Group. “The new trail is getting a lot of action, and the community loves it!”
The trail project was initially part of approximately $3.3 million in total grant funding awarded in 2019 through ODNR’s NatureWorks program. The Oak Harbor trail project cost approximately $150,000, of which ODNR funded $84,000. Oak Harbor Development Group funded almost $48,000, and the remaining balance came from the Village of Oak Harbor, a Facebook fundraiser and the U.S. Bank Foundation.
For walkers and runners only, the trail is the first phase of the Veteran’s Park improvement project expected to include privately-dedicated benches and several fitness stations. The intended fitness stations will feature inclusive options for beginners, seniors, wheelchair users, and advanced users.
Veteran’s Park also includes a sledding hill, little league ball diamonds, a softball diamond with a concession stand, basketball courts, volleyball courts, a skate park, and a multitude of playground equipment and shelter houses.
“From Veterans Park to the Portage Riverfront, we are excited about the new recreational options available to our residents,” mayor Quinton Babcock said. “Through generous private partners and the aggressive pursuit of grant funding, our residents are enjoying these improvements at a fraction of the cost.”
The Oak Harbor Development Group, a 501c3 organization, seeks community partners and sponsorship of dedication benches and fitness equipment. Contributions are tax deductible as a donation to the Oak Harbor Development Group.
Contact the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce, 419-898-0479, or the Village of Oak Harbor, 419-898-5561 for more information.


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