State grant to pay for new shelter at Monroe park

Monroe’s efforts to improve the city’s park system will get a boost thanks to a state grant.

The city received a $165,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for a new shelter/restroom building at Monroe Crossings Park. The facility was among the features requested by users of the park located off Ohio 63.

“Monroe soccer administration has been requesting restrooms and a safety shelter in this area for several years since it is such a long distance from the rear of the park to the existing concession building/restroom facility,” according to a report by City Manager Bill Brock.

The city has moved forward with the design of the project, which must be completed by June 2020, according to Brock.

The city will spend $161,700 to construct the facility and $3,300 will be paid to ODNR for administrative fees.

City Council heard the first reading of a resolution to accept the grant and enter the agreement with ODNR. Council is expected to give final approval at its Oct. 16 meeting.

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