Shelby Park Receives New Signage Through Grant

  • 11/8/2019 12:16:23 PM
  • WMFD Digital Team
  • Local News

SHELBY, OH - The Richland County Park District held a ribbon cutting on Friday to celebrate a small renovation to the Shelby Black Fork Wetlands.

Through a grant program provided by the Shelby Foundation, the Park District was able to remove some older signs and replace them with updated ones.

"There were a few signs that had been in place for about fifteen years," said Kyle Bailey, Director of Natural Resources with the Richland County Park District. "They had been worn down and dilapidated. I really wanted to replace that infrastructure - refreshen it, liven it up. I pursued a grant with the Shelby Foundation for $10,000 and they graciously supported this project. We got the full $10,000 to replace the infrastructure, update it with better material."

The new features also include updated information kiosks throughout the park to better inform visitors where they are at in the park and which areas they can visit as they enjoy the scenic views around them, as well as welcome signs that inform visitors of the importance of wetlands areas in the environment.

"We wanted to get some awareness for the park, so we dedicated it and put an official sign there," Bailey said, pointing to the new sign proclaiming SHELBY BLACK FORK WETLANDS. "This natural area has been open for about twenty years, but there hasn't been much awareness of it. We've been actively trying to publicize this area. Because of its ecological value, it's pretty significant in the area here."

The ceremony to dedicate the newly-reopened Wetlands was attended by several guests and key people, including Richland County Parks Director Jason Larson, Shelby Mayor Steven Schag, and others. For more information on parks in the Richland County Parks District, visit the Gorman Nature Center website.

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