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New Playgrounds Installed at 10 Ohio State Parks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is investing in fun new features for children to enjoy at Ohio State Parks.  From slides to swings, new playground equipment has been installed at ten parks.

              Cowan Lake State Park                                Strouds Run State Park
“My wife, Fran, and I have made so many memories with our children and grandchildren at Ohio State Parks,” said Governor Mike DeWine.  “Investments in new playgrounds and Storybook Trails will give families more opportunities to enjoy Ohio’s treasured parks for years to come.”

“We want to make sure everyone, young and old, can come and find something to enjoy at Ohio State Parks,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said.   “Recently, we have been updating our nature centers and adding Storybook Trails, and now we have added additional playground equipment to keep our youngest guests happy, healthy, and active during their visits.”
Each state park received a climbing structure, slide(s), tubes or bridges, and four swings. Most of the parks also added climbing rocks to their playgrounds.

The following state parks received new equipment: A.W. Marion State Park, Buckeye Lake State Park, Cowan Lake State Park, East Fork State Park, Geneva State Park, Indian Lake State Park, Maumee Bay State Park, Salt Fork State Park, Strouds Run State Park and Wolf Run State Park.

Alum Creek State Park
The gear for the playgrounds was purchased from Snider Recreation, a family-owned and operated playground and recreation business based in Ohio. Division of Parks and Watercraft staff installed each of the new playgrounds for about $40,000 each.  Ohio State Parks’ general fund was used to purchase the new equipment.
Ohio State Parks are open every day and are always free. Many offer a variety of activities such as boating, camping, hiking, and more. To learn more, visit
The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft provides exceptional outdoor recreation and boating opportunities by balancing outstanding customer service, education, and conservation of Ohio’s 75 state parks and waterways.

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