$10K United Way allocation helps district match clean Ohio grant

A five-figure grant allocation from the United Way of Logan County puts the Bellefontaine Joint Recreation District closer to the required matching funds it needs for a Clean Ohio grant that will pay for the installation of an improved stairwell and viewing access at the Camp Myeerah Nature Reserve, 7405 State Route 540,Bellefontaine.

myeerah artist rendrering

Information supplied by the Bellefontaine parks district compares the existing stairwell set-up with artist renderings of a proposed initiative to improve trail access at Camp Myeerah Nature Preserve. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | NATE SMITH)

The $10,000 United Way allocation is a product of the Community Impact Fund, United Way executive director Dave Bezusko said.

The local grant helps the Bellefontaine parks district provide necessary matching funds to secure the Clean Ohio aid to pay for a project to build a new staircase and boardwalk area near the main lodge at the camp.

myeerah steps

Bellefontaine Joint Parks and Recreation District seeks to replace these uneven, aging steps near the lodge at Camp Myeerah with funds from a Clean Ohio grant. United Way of Logan County recently granted $10,000 towards matching funds for the grant application.

The new walking trail and boardwalk would make Camp Myeerah a “Hocking Hills-like attraction that will be an asset for our community for years to come,” according to a press release.

Total cost for the project is approximately $270,000, according to the state of Ohio grant application submitted by the parks district.

About 75 percent of that cost would be paid for by Clean Ohio grant funds, but a 25 percent local match totaling some $65,000 is required to obtain the larger endowment.

The $10,000 granted from the United Way puts the Bellefontaine parks district approximately halfway to its matching funds goal, parks superintendent Kris Myers said.

“We’re so excited to partner with the United Way, and for the opportunity to put these funds to use in a way that will benefit the whole community,” he said.

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