OSS grant helps fund new picnic tables for Port Clinton Parks

Apr 12, 2023 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

A group of Girl Scouts took a break recently from selling Girl Scout cookies at Lakeview Park. The picnic table they are sitting on will be replaced with a new, safer picnic table purchased with an OSS Solid Waste District Competitive Funding Grant. The young Girl Scouts are (front, left to right) Kynsi Chapman and Ava Chaffin and (back row, left to right) Natalie Gerber, Jacklynn Fry and Kelsey Ward. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)


Picnicking in the park is going to be a lot nicer and safer this summer. Thanks to an Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Solid Waste District Competitive Funding Grant, the City of Port Clinton will install new picnic tables at Lakeview Park, Waterworks Park and West End Park.

The OSS Solid Waste District awarded the city a $7,135 grant in April 2022. The grant was used to purchase seven UltraSite, Extra Heavy Duty 6-foot Picnic Tables made from recycled plastic. The city planned to install the tables last summer, but due to supply chain issues, the tables were delivered late.

“Normally, we would have this bottled up and done early, but because of production and availability, we did not get the physical tables until November,” said City of Port Clinton Administrative Assistant Sandye Ostheimer. “They will be placed in the parks in late April or May.”

Ostheimer said the city is grateful the Solid Waste District provided the funds to replace the parks’ aging picnic tables with environmentally-friendly tables.

“The previous tables had weathered to the point they were not safe. They were warped, split and broken,” she said. “These tables are safer and larger than traditional tables.”

Girl Scouts Addison Hicks, left, and Brynn Kozlok sit on a bench at Lakeview Park that will be replaced this spring by the City of Port Clinton. Picnic tables will also be replaced at West End Community Park and Waterworks Park. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

The first round of 2023 Solid Waste District Competitive Grant Funding closed on Jan. 31. The second round will end in June. Educational institutions, local governments and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply.

The grants fund a number of different projects, including education programs, yard waste management, recycling/waste reduction programs and the purchase of products made from recycled materials. More information on the Competitive Grants can be found at www.recycleoss.org/competitive-grant-funding.

The City of Port Clinton is committed to improving local facilities with a focus on using environmentally-friendly materials and processes. The city hopes to eventually replace all picnic tables in the city with tables made from post-consumer products.

There are no immediate plans for further improvements at city parks, but Ostheimer said city staff have a wish list that is dependent on funding.

“And we always get ideas from community members,” she said. “We want people to realize we’re always trying to find better things for our parks.”

Related Post 


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


December 2023

Share This