Morton Park Gets New Playground from State Grant

Mayor Eileen Ann Patton and ODNR Director James Zehringer with Fairview Park staff Recreation Director Kenn Kaminski, Jack Abbruzzese, Amanda Creque, Mary Long, and Matt Hrubey

What a winter this has been! During this season of snow, ice, sub-zero temperatures, and more snow, the City of Fairview Park has kept its eyes on the horizon, confident that the onset of spring and warmer temperatures is inevitable. To prepare for spring, the city has taken a thorough look at its parks and created a master project list to enhance these outdoor recreational areas for the younger residents of Fairview Park.

Plans for the enhancement of Morton Park received a boost this past February, thanks to a $55,534 grant the city received from the state of Ohio. The grant funds will assist us in purchasing and installing brand new playground equipment at Morton Park.

This new equipment will fully comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, meaning all children will be able to enjoy it, including those with physical disabilities. The new playground will complement Morton Park’s splash park, tennis courts, basketball courts, and picnic area, and will make the neighborhood park an even more enjoyable destination for the children of Fairview Park.

The grant was awarded to the city by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), the state agency that oversees Ohio’s state parks, forests, and other natural resources. The funding was obtained through ODNR’s NatureWorks program, which helps offset costs associated with acquiring, developing, and rehabilitating recreational areas.

I am very excited about this project and the impact it will have on Morton Park and the surrounding neighborhood. One of the missions of my administration has always been to make Fairview Park a great, desirable place to live and grow a family. Attractive, accessible recreational areas play a big role in achieving and maintaining that distinction.

I invite you to visit for more information about the parks of Fairview Park.

Eileen Ann Patton, Mayor of the City of Fairview Park

Eileen Ann Patton serves as Mayor of the City of Fairview Park.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 12:04 PM, 03.04.2014