With the help of the community, local businesses and grant funding more than $20,000 in improvements to parking and playground equipment will be made at Kachelmacher Park this year.
The City of Logan applied for a $20,750 project from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Nature Works Grant program, which is a 75 percent funded grant with a 25 percent local match. The city received the grant from ODNR in the amount of $15,562.50; the Rotary Club of Logan provided $3,800 cash; and the City will perform $1,387.50 of in-kind work to install the playground equipment and gravel for the overflow parking.
The project is a collaborative effort of the city, Logan Rotary Club and ODNR in order to provide more recreation for the entire county and to act as a proud symbol of the community. According to Bruce Walker, Logan parks and cemetery supervisor, it’s been approximately 14 years since the last upgrade to Kachelmacher Park.
The grant will cover a new playground fire engine to replace the current one and gravel for the expansion of the overflow parking lot. Andrew McGhee, the youngest member of Rotary, wanted to see the project taken further.
McGhee’s proposal includes paint and update existing equipment and structures; rehab bathroom; purchase/build playground equipment; rehab main shelter house; construct walking trail; layout a mini soccer/football field behind main shelter house; install basketball court where horseshoe pit is presently located; add signs/donation wall; designate fishing area; purchase flags for flag pole; and replace the grills.
A permanent donation wall will be erected, recognizing any individual or company that donates money, material or manpower to the project. There are three tier levels for donations and 100 percent of all the proceeds donated will be used toward the Kachelmacher Park rehabilitation project.
Donations are being accepted through the new website www.kachelmacherpark.com; by contacting McGhee at 740-385-8575; or mail donations to Logan Rotary Club, 14075 SR 374, Rockbridge, Ohio 43149.
Source: Logan Daily News