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Hopedale park approved for grant

Updated: Monday, February 24 2014, 09:52 PM EST

HOPEDALE, Ohio


The Hopedale Park applied for a grant with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources back in April of 2013. 


This isn't the first time they've applied for it - in fact they've done it several times.


Well, it finally paid off in November.


Former council member Tracey Kuhn calls the park Hopedale’s best kept secret.


She says the grant is 75% donated, and they have to come up with the 25% matching funds, and they have quite a few ideas in mind that they want the grant to be used for.


"So we have taken a look here around the park and saw some things we need to do to keep the upkeep on it,” said Kuhn.


Kuhn said the money will be used for the pavement of the basketball court and tennis court as well as adding a six foot chain linked fence around the water tower at the top of the hill.


They even want to start holding tournament games at the baseball field at the park.


"I see the kids down there running and playing and shooting the hoops and we don't want anyone falling and hurting themselves on the courts, but the park is such a beautiful piece of Hopedale that needs just like anything else, upkeep, you take care of your home and we take care of our park,” said Kuhn.


The village received a $17,812 grant through the nature works program.


The total cost of the project is $23,750.


Kuhn said a lot of the time and labor is going to be donated by village employees and anyone else who wants to donate their time.


She said all of this wouldn't have been possible without the efforts of longtime village councilwoman Kate Stringer who passed away in January.


"One of her final wishes to be was to make sure this grant is used the way that she and I had talked about it,” said Kuhn.


Kuhn said they will start on the makeover in the spring time when the weather gets warmer.


Kuhn wants Hopedale residents to come and take advantage of the park.


She said if you'd like to reserve the shelters for birthday or graduation parties, you can just call the village building.


 

Hopedale park approved for grant


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