The Clermont County Park District received word that a cooperative boating facility grant in the amount of $105,000 has been awarded to Chilo Lock 34 Park. The grant is part of a $4.6 million Ohio Department of Natural Resources boating facilities grant.
The grants have been awarded to 17 projects throughout the state. The grant is funded by the state motor fuel tax, watercraft registration and titling fees and funding from the U.S. Coast Guard.
"This is a project we have been working on with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources," said Chris Clingman, director of the Clermont County Park District. "Last year we worked on phase one, we put in a new extended parking area for boats and a boat ramp. This grant will extend the courtesy dock 100 feet along the river bank."
Clingman noted that it will also provide access to the dock by meeting specifications of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The project was approved because it will enhance recreational opportunities for users of motorized watercraft and improve waterway access.
"In phase two, we will continue on with what we have started by extending the dock and adding an ADA ramp," said Clingman. "Next week we will be meeting with ODNR representatives to go over all the details. If everything falls into place, the new facilities will be in place in time for boating next summer."
Chilo Lock 34 Park was formerly a US Army Corps of Engineers lock and dam. It was permanently closed in 1964. In 2005, the Chilo Lock 34 Park renovated the former operations building into a visitor center and museum. It houses interactive exhibits and displays which focus on living and working on the Ohio River.
A replica of the Jennie Wade steamboat is the centerpiece for a playground area in the park. Chilo Lock 34 offers visitors picnic shelters, a scenic river walk and access to Crooked Run Nature Preserve.
For more information about the Clermont County Park District, call (513) 732-2977 or visit their web site at www.parksclermontcountyohio.gov.