GRD Receives OPRA Award!

The Granville Recreation District Received First Place Award for the Rotary Bridge Project at the Annual OPRA Conference Category 2 (Capital Improvement 1 million – 2.5 million)

The GRD received the award, this past week at the annual Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Conference, held in Sandusky, OH for the capital improvement project, Rotary Bridge at Raccoon Valley Park. This new, and only, pedestrian access to Raccoon Valley Park created the missing link to providing alternative transportation, from vehicular travel, to one of Granville’s prime recreational areas.  The Rotary Bridge Project constitutes the second phase to providing a critical loop which will link the regional pathway system in the Granville community. The Granville Rotary Bridge, costing 1.15 million dollars, connects Raccoon Valley Park and the TJ Evans Bike Path. The bridge is 273 feet long, weighs 767 tons and rises 15 feet from the park to the bike path.  “The Rotary Bridge simply improves the quality of life in our community,” said Andy Wildman, Executive Director of the Granville Recreation District.  Granville Rotary Club Past President Dr. John Weigand said “It’s exceeded my expectations. We certainly see people using it and I’ve gotten positive comments.  I think it opens up the park to people who will utilize it.  That usage will allow the Granville Recreation District to continue to improve park amenities.”  Funding for the bridge was provided by generous grants from both the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, in addition, other sponsors included: the Granville Rotary Club, Granville Recreation District, Village of Granville, Denison University, TJ Evans Foundation, Granville Township, Granville Foundation, Licking Memorial Health Foundation, Newark/Heath Rotary Club, as well as private donations.

Those pictured from left to right):  
Woody Woodward, Executive Director OPRA
Andy Wildman, Executive Director Granville Recreation District
Dr. John Weigand, Past President Rotary Club of Granville
Alison Terry, Former Village of Granville Planner
Scott Myers, President Board of Trustees, OPRA