Retaining wall, handicap-accessible park project under way in Wilmington

Retaining wall, handicap-accessible park project under way in Wilmington

Nathan Kraatz | Wilmington News Journal From left, Wilmington Parks and Recreation Director Lori Kersey Williams, parks employee Travis Mellinger and Wilmington mayor-elect John Stanforth. Not pictured is Jerry Runk, a city wastewater department employee.

Wilmington Parks and Recreation employees and volunteers on Wednesday placed part of a retaining wall that will also become an area where people with physical impairments or disabilities can fish.

Wilmington Parks and Recreation Director Lori Kersey Williams said disability-parking spaces will be available, the terrain will be smoother, and rocks will help hold wheelchairs.

Williams said an Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Aquatic Education Grant provided funds, and Oberfield’s Centerville location sold the materials at a discount and provided technical expertise.

Wilmington mayor-elect John Stanforth’s volunteer labor will count as a credit towards a matching requirement by the grant, according to Williams.

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