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Thursday, 09 December 2010 10:12

 

State Representative Ross McGregor has intervened in the dispute between the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Clark County Park Board.
The Park Board closed its parks on Nov.18 because they did not have enough money to keep them open.


ODNR contacted the Park Board a week later stating that two of the parks, George Rogers Clark Park and the Little Miami Trail, must be reopened.
“I spoke with ODNR and told them that they [the Park Board] don’t have the money,” said McGregor.
“If they don’t have the money, I don’t see how they can keep them open.”
In 1972, the City of Springfield took a $27,000 Land & Water Conservation Fund grant for restrooms, playground equipment and landscaping at Snyder Park and for restrooms at George Rogers Clark Park.  At the time, George Rogers Clark Park was a Springfield City park. 
One of the conditions of the grant specified that the parks remain open.
In 1984, ownership of George Rogers Clark Park was transferred to the county park district, and in 1990 CCPD signed an amended agreement and assured “that George Rogers Clark Park is operated and maintained in perpetuity in accordance with the rules, regulations & conditions included in the Land and Water Conservation Fund.”

In 1996, CCPD received a grant from the Nature Works Local Grant Fund to purchase the property for the Little Miami Bikeway, and agreed to “operate, maintain and keep for public recreation the property or facilities acquired or developed pursuant to this agreement.”
The grant also stated that any change in operation must be approved by the State of Ohio.
“The Parks District has agreed to keep the parks open, but they have no money,” said McGregor.
“If they can’t maintain a safe environment, then they should restrict access to them.”
McGregor said that he will be having more discussions with ODNR and CCPD to try to reach a compromise.

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