State Controlling Board Releases Funds To Improve State Parks
State dollars to fund pre-construction architectural studies at Northeast Ohio sites
January 23, 2017
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COLUMBUS – Today, State Senator Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta) announced the release of funds by the state Controlling Board to be used for the initial phases of improvement projects at several Northeast Ohio state parks.  Capital appropriations in the amount of $436,850 will be released to amend the contract with Feinknopf, Macioce, Schappa Architects, who will then conduct site-specific improvement studies at Geneva, Mosquito Lake, and Pymatuning State Parks.

“I’m happy to hear of the pending improvement projects at three of the largest state parks in my district,” said Sen. O’Brien. “Thousands of people in the 32nd Senate District enjoy these facilities each year, and it’s exciting to know they will soon be even better than they are now.”

Set to begin work later this year, FMS Architects will use the money for various tasks necessary prior to the beginning of the construction phase of improvement projects. This includes site assessments and planning, design development, bidding and negotiations, and hazardous material testing.  

“As an avid outdoorsman and elected official, I enjoy the natural areas of my district and am aware of all the great work done by the state that goes into keeping these parks beautiful year-round,” continued O’Brien.  “I can’t wait to see the final result, which the disbursal of these funds will go a long way toward achieving.” 

While Geneva, Mosquito Lake, and Pymatuning are all located in Sen. O’Brien’s 32nd Senate District, additional state parks throughout Ohio will also receive similar pre-construction assessments prior to improvement projects as a result of the state funds being released today.  It is hoped that this improvement of many of the Buckeye State’s parks will help keep Ohioans active, healthy, and enjoying the outdoors for years to come.

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