Marengo will soon be home to a new community park as officials are excited to break ground on the new project.
Located on State Route 229 at the old McCarty property just across the way from DeVore Snyder’s Funeral Home, lays a muddy tract of land soon to be a park for locals to enjoy.
“We need to bring life back to our community,” Marengo Mayor Mike Baker stated. “The village needs this-the kids need a place to play.”
The yet un-named park is in Phase I of construction now.
The step includes excavation, laying gravel and preparing for the concrete pads.
The new park will reportedly have six to eight parking spaces, a shelter house with picnic tables and a small playground.
Several local businesses have helped get the ball rolling, most notably Joe Clase of Plan 4 Land, who has donated time, labor, equipment.
Clase also wrote the grant proposal which garnered the project more than $49,500 in State Nature Work Grant funds from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
The grant stipulates that the recipient must match a percentage of the funds received to the tune of $25,000.
This can be done through monetary donations or gifts in-kind, as well as volunteer labor hours, which would also go towards fulfilling the obligations of this grant.
Local builder, philanthropist, business owner and farmer Jack Fishburn and Fishburn Services have given in-kind donations and support.
Anyone wishing to donate or volunteer should contact Mayor Mike Baker at 419-253-0019.
All funds will go directly to the Village of Marengo Park project and help to ensure a safe environment for all to freely enjoy in the heart of Marengo.
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