SCIOTO COUNTY – Orient Park recently got a much needed revamp with new playground equipment from levy monies.
Scioto County Trustee Ralph Wolfe said that the old equipment was in poor shape and it was the perfect opportunity to renew the park that many kids in the Orient area use.
“When I found these grants I thought it was a great idea to take the rusty old equipment out and put some new equipment for the kids in the community.”
Wolfe said that he found more equipment for less in a 50% off sale.
Slide left or right for more photos
“I found a 30,000 dollar playground equipment set that was on sale for 50% off in Texas and we were able to get it shipped here. Wolfe said that he and the other workers for the Township installed the equipment to save costs so that the park could have as much equipment as possible.”
Arista Hartzler, Executive Assistant for Pickaway County Parks said that, “The park district is really happy that we are able to do this for the county and township parks that need this funding and we are thankful that we are able to give that.”
Every year, as promised in the 2017 levy campaign, the Pickaway County Park District awards grants to support local park and trail improvements. In 2019, the Park District awarded $125,000 (up from $55,000 in 2018) to assist with 10 local projects. To date the District has provided grant funds for over 40 local projects and has given out over $190,000 to improve parks and trails in Pickaway County. Project funded from this years grant are the Village of Ashville (11 new picnic tables for their shelter house), Village of Williamsport (a new shelter house for Ballard Park) , Jackson Township Trustee ( new ¼ mile walking path for township park) , Darby Township Trustee (pollinator area and phase 1 of their new walking path), Friends of Deer Creek (concrete for putt-putt course at Deer Creek State Park) , Scioto Township Trustee (new playground equipment for Orient Park), Village of Tarlton (two new park benches) and the Village of Darbyville (two new park benches). These Parks and their projects certainly assist the Park District in our goal of increasing and improving outdoor recreation here in Pickaway County. To continue to serve our County, the District is opening up the application period for the 2020 Park and Trail Improvement Grant (PTIG). The PTIG is available on our website under the Programs and Activities tab and can also be picked up at our office at 110 Island Road Suite E, Circleville.
For additional information on these projects and other Park District programs and activities, contact the District at: 740-420-5451, www.pickawaycountyparks.org,