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FitzGerald Announces Local Investment in Community Parks and Playgrounds

Media Contacts:
Michelle Adams, (216) 443‐8158, or mmadams@cuyahogacounty.us
Nicole Dailey Jones, (216)263‐4602, (216)338‐0863, or ndjones@cuyahogacounty.us

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Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, along with Mayor Mark Cegelka of the Village of Glenwillow, announced the County’s investment of nearly $300,000 of Community Development Block Grant funds to improve eight local communities’ public parks, playgrounds and fitness trails at the Donald Payne Recreation Complex on August 11, 2011. The Village was one of eight communities who received a 2011 Parks and Playgrounds grant award this year. The Village will use its funds to upgrade the baseball fields at the Donald Payne Recreation Complex. This is second Parks and Playground grant that the Village has been awarded. The first was in 2010 when they made improvements to adjacent playground area that provided a place for children aged 5-12 to play. The cities of Bedford, Bedford Heights, Berea, Brook Park, Garfield Heights, Parma Heights, and Olmsted Township were also awarded grant dollars. The funding will be used to make improvements to community baseball fields and basketball courts, three community gardens, renovation of a tot-lot, and an early childhood playground project.

The program was created to provide local municipalities with a means to upgrade and revitalize local public parks, playgrounds or fitness trails for the benefit of their neighborhoods and residents.