By Kristin Rover
Batavia Township was awarded the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Nature Works Grant this year and will be using the funds to extend their walking trail at the community center.
“The township was successful in receiving the grant,” Batavia Township Administrator Rex Parsons announced during trustees’ Dec. 2 meeting.
Parsons said they were surprised to find out they were selected and that they had received the entire amount of the grant, which is often split between different jurisdictions.
Parsons said the amount of the grant was $40,761.
He said they will use the funds to expand their current walking trail at the community center.
“That will be a great addition to our park here,” Parsons said.
Parsons said the total cost of the trail extension will be about $70,000. He said the township will provide the matching funds.
“It’s about a 50/50 match,” Parsons said.
Trustees gave Parsons the go-ahead to apply for the Nature Works Grant in March.
Parsons said the existing trail at the community center is 1,600 feet. He said the grant will extend the trail approximately 3,000 feet around the perimeter of the cleared part of the community center.
He said they are also hoping neighboring developments, including Glenwood Trails, will be able to connect to the walking path.
Trustees also built a new playground near the baseball fields at the community center this year. They were hoping that if they received the grant, residents will use the trail to walk from the main parking lot back to the playground.
Trustee Randy Perry said they are excited their plans for the amenities at the community center are working out well.
Trustee Jim Sauls said they are very excited about receiving the grant to extend the trail.
“I think it will be a good addition,” Sauls said.
Parsons said they are hoping to begin plans for the the trail soon.