Park District of Ottawa County announces grant recipients

Apr 16, 2024 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

The Park District of Ottawa County Parks and Trails Improvement Grant Program has awarded nearly $200,000 to Ottawa County political subdivisions. The yearly grant program assists entities in their efforts to 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 within Ottawa County, said Jannah Wilson, Executive Director of the Park District of Ottawa County (PDOC).

Recipients of the 2024 round of the Parks and Trails Improvement Grant Program are:

Danbury Township, Meadowbrook Marsh, $19,985.00 to complete long-range parking and trail protection plans. Village of Clay Center, Park Mower, $7,900.00 to replace aging mower to maintain seven-acre park and fulfill obligations to the local soccer league and area recreation. Village of Oak Harbor, Friendship Park, $50,000.00 to enhance public access to the Portage River and improve pedestrian connectivity in downtown Oak Harbor. Village of Genoa, Veterans Memorial Park, $40,000.00 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, $44,336.50 for a new trail for birders and an accessible front porch visitor center station. Ottawa County Fairboard, Ottawa County Fairgrounds, $25,000.00 to construct a shelter house on the Ottawa County Fairgrounds near the launch ramp of the Portage River Water Trail

Applications were due January 8 and were open to Ottawa County political subdivisions and public schools and libraries. Eligible applicants could request up to $50,000.00 to be used for permanent improvements to public outdoor recreation spaces, facilities or trails or equipment to maintain spaces, facilities or 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. Grant award letters and contracts were emailed in February. Work has commenced on the recipients’ projects.

“It was the consensus of the Board of Park Commissioners that a program of assistance to Ottawa County political subdivisions would increase benefits from tax dollars and provide greater access to outdoor recreation opportunities in Ottawa County,” Wilson said of the Parks and Trails Improvement Grant Program, now in its third round of awards.

In total, $187,221.50 was awarded.

To learn more about the Parks and Trails Improvement Grant Program and to view previous grant award recipients, visit

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