COLUMBUS – State Sen. Sean J. O’Brien (D-Bazetta) issued the following statement today after the state Controlling Board approved the release of funds to be used for the completion of improvements at three state parks in northeastern Ohio.

 “As state Senator for the 32nd District, and also the co-chairman of the Ohio Legislative Trails Caucus, I was happy to learn of the release of funds for improvements at Geneva, Mosquito Lake, and Pymatuning,” said Sen. O’Brien.  “The economic and health benefits of the trails and the many other amenities offered by our state parks are undeniable, so I’m pleased to see the state placing a high priority on their maintenance and improvement.”

In all, the state released more than $1.1 million in funds for improvements at the three state parks – all in Sen. O’Brien district – with over $350,000 going to Geneva, over $950,000 to Mosquito Lake, and over $490,000 to Pymatuning. The funds will go toward full service upgrades to campsites at all three parks, a new shower/bathroom facility at Mosquito Lake, and renovations to the north building at Pymatuning. Construction is set to begin sometime in the near future.

“The newly renovated campsites and facilities at those three parks will really enhance the experiences people have when visiting them in the coming years,” continued O’Brien. “Ohio’s state parks are already incredible, but continuing to prioritize them in ways like this will help contribute to the physical, mental, and economic wellbeing of everyone in the Buckeye State for generations.”

Along with funds for the three state parks in Sen. O’Brien’s district, the Controlling Board also released funds for several other Ohio state parks in the same capital request, including Delaware, Dillon, Grand Lake St. Mary’s, Hocking Hills, Lake Hope, Mohican, Pike Lake, and Tar Hollow. Additional information about the recent Controlling Board release, including full descriptions of the work that will be done at each park can be found on the agenda for the Controlling Board’s November 13th, 2017 meeting here.

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