OHIO — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources' NatureWorks grant program announced $1.6 million in funding to improve outdoor recreation opportunities across the state. 

The funding will go toward 61 projects in 59 counties, which will include new and renovated playgrounds, splashpads, sports courts, trails and more. 

“These projects support the fact that Ohio is a great place for people to live, work, and play,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a press release. “We’re excited to work with our local partners to broaden opportunities for outdoor recreation.”

Here are some of the projects the funding will go toward:

Butler County

  • RiversEdge Kayak Launch at Marcum Park
  • Construct a concrete launch and staging area for paddlers
  • Award total: $46,206

Champaign County

  • North Lewisburg Spain Creek Disc Golf 18 at North Lewisburg Municipal Park
  • Design and install new 18-hole disc golf course, trash receptacles and signage
  • Award total: $21,191

Coshocton County

  • Coshocton Outdoor Pickleball Court at City Recreation Park
  • Construct outdoor pickleball court
  • Award total: $22,435

Cuyahoga County

  • The Village Green at Cahoon Memorial Park
  • Install trail hub and gathering space
  • Award total: $134,545

Franklin County

  • Gahanna Mountain Bike Pit Stop at Academy Park
  • Create a trailhead for mountain bike trail
  • Award total: $95,746

Summit County

  • Lake Linnea Spillway Bridge Replacement at Richfield Heritage Preserve
  • Demolish and replace bridge
  • Award total: $60,000

Wood County

  • Paved Path Project at former Webster School Property
  • Pave path around property perimeter
  • Award total: $20,132

The full list of projects can be found on the ODNR’s NatureWorks webpage.