City Receives Sate Funds for Community Park

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Mary Alice Reporting:

(Friday, March 9th)) New Philadelphia, Ohio – A park development project could get underway in the third quarter of 2018 after funds were approved by the state.

City of New Philadelphia Mayor Joel Day commends the work Senator Jay Hottinger and Representative Al Landis did to secure money from the State Capital Budget to go toward the development of the Southside Community Park.

“That’s always a tough fight because about every community across Ohio wants a piece of that state capital budget and for us to get $400,000 that huge.”

Day explains the money will get the project started sooner than expected but notes Phase I is estimated at around $1 million.

“We’ve applied for Clean Ohio grant money, around $600,000. We’re hopeful we’ll be able to get that so we can start developing the front-end of the park and get the roadway in.”

A timeline for when Phase I will begin determines when the state will release the funding.

The architects project the entire park master plan will cost around $6.4 million.

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