Ottawa County Park district awards nearly $200,000 in grants

Press Staff Writer

The Park District of Ottawa County Parks and Trails Improvement Grant Program is awarding nearly $200,000 this year to municipalities, townships, and other entities.
The yearly grant program assists recipients improve access to outdoor spaces, aid in the development of active transportation routes to parks and points of interest, and bolster public outdoor recreation opportunities, said Jannah Wilson, executive director of the Park District of Ottawa County
Recipients of the 2024 round of the grant program are:
- Danbury Township, Meadowbrook Marsh, $19,985 to complete long-range parking and trail protection plans.
- Village of Clay Center, a park mower, $7,900 to replace an aging mower to maintain seven-acre park and fulfill obligations to the local soccer league and area recreation.
- Village of Oak Harbor, Friendship Park, $50,000 to enhance public access to the Portage River and improve pedestrian connectivity in downtown.
- Village of Genoa, Veterans Memorial Park, $40,000 to resurface the existing tennis court facility and rework the facility layout to include two pickleball courts and one tennis court.
-Put-in-Bay Township Park District, Duff Homestead and Bayfront Preserve, $44,336 for a new trail for birders and an accessible front porch visitor center station.
- Ottawa County Fairboard, $25,000 to construct a shelter house on the fairgrounds near the launch ramp of the Portage River Water Trail.
Eligible applicants could request up to $50,000.00 to be used for permanent improvements to public outdoor recreation spaces/facilities/trails or equipment to maintain spaces/facilities/trails. Grant funding could also be used for planning, public surveys and engineering if the plans correlated with an outdoor recreation improvement on property owned or under long term lease to the entity applying for the grant, Wilson said.
In total, $187,221 was awarded.
“Many times, especially during spring season, the fields need to be mowed two, sometimes three times to keep them in playing shape. Last year our mower was down for three weeks for repairs and we scrambled by borrowing mowers and getting volunteers to help maintain the grass,” said William Scott, fiscal officer for the Village of Clay Center, in his application. “Approximately 60 percent to 70 percent of our park grounds are used for soccer fields.”
At the county fairgrounds, a shelter house will provide respite to visitors and users of the Portage River Water Trail.
“This project will complement the recently opened Portage River Water Trail and launch ramp. With the addition of the shelter house paddlers, fishermen and visitors to the waterfront will have a place to escape the elements,” said Mike Libben, a member of the fairboard, in his application.
The Put-in-Bay Township Park District will use its funding to prepare for a summer opening.
“This proposal includes clean-up, trail construction, bench, fencing, bicycle rack and signage for a birding nature trail from Lakeview Avenue. It also includes safe steps and a handicap accessible ramp to the Visitor Contact Station in the Duff Homestead,” said Lisa Brohl of the Put-in-Bay Township Park District. “If funded, we would start immediately on both the trail project and the entrance to the visitor contact station so that they could be ready for a grand opening for the public during the summer season of 2024.”
To learn more about the Parks and Trails Improvement Grant Program and to view previous grant award recipients, visit


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