- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Nearly $15 million in grant money will go toward expanding trails and funding other outdoor recreational projects across Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it has approved the funding through Clean Ohio Trails Fund, NatureWorks and Recreational Trails Program grants.

The department has conditionally awarded 22 Clean Ohio Trails Fund grants totaling $10.5 million. That funding will be used in 12 counties for projects such as developing new trails and constructing trail head facilities and bridges.

Eighty-nine NatureWorks state grants totaling nearly $3 million will go toward developing and improving public access for outdoor recreation facilities through development or improvement of playgrounds, park restrooms and shelters.

Thirteen recreational trail projects will receive about $1.5 million in federal funds through the Recreational Trails Program for trail development and improvement.

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