The Preservation Parks of Delaware County board of commissioners recently approved three Community Park Improvement Grants (CPIG) totaling $99, 921 for park facilities in the village of Galena and in Concord and Oxford townships.

The Preservation Parks of Delaware County board of commissioners recently approved three Community Park Improvement Grants (CPIG) totaling $99, 921 for park facilities in the village of Galena and in Concord and Oxford townships.

Galena will receive $40,998 to complete the second of three phases of a train-themed playground project at Miller Park and to make improvements to the Ruffner Park ball diamond's irrigation system.

Oxford Township will receive $18,057 to build exterior, handicapped-accessible restrooms at its township park. Finally, Concord Township will use a $40,866 grant to construct a new tennis court and to plant shade trees.

Since Preservation Parks launched the CPIG program in 2001, the Park District has awarded $682,383 in grants to help Delaware County municipalities and townships provide new recreation facilities or augment and expand existing facilities. A maximum of $100,000 a year is allocated for the program.

"Each year, we are pleased to provide funding for these community recreation needs," said Preservation Parks executive director Rita Au.

"Our park system is designed for only passive recreation, such as hiking, picnicking and nature education programs, but there is a demand for active recreation in Delaware County as well. Through the Community Park Improvement Grants, the (Preservation Parks) board recognizes that need."