The Preservation Parks of Delaware County board on Nov. 12 approved three Community Park Improvement Grants (CPIG) totaling $41,449 for park facilities in Galena and in Orange and Oxford townships.

The Preservation Parks of Delaware County board on Nov. 12 approved three Community Park Improvement Grants (CPIG) totaling $41,449 for park facilities in Galena and in Orange and Oxford townships.

The village of Galena will receive $26,625 for three projects: a new jungle gym at Miller Park, a sprinkler system on the Ruffner Park baseball diamond, and concrete pads under the bleachers and batting cage, also at Ruffner Park.

Orange Township will receive $11,250 to install solar-powered flashing lights at the intersection of the Owenfield bicycle trail and Owenfield Drive. The lights will alert drivers when bike riders and pedestrians on the trail are approaching the intersection.

A $3,574 grant for Oxford Township will be used to purchase a portable fence for the baseball diamonds, a disc (Frisbee) course and new playground equipment. All improvements will be made at Oxford Township Park.

Since Preservation Parks launched the CPIG program in 2001, the park district has awarded $582,462 in grants to help Delaware County municipalities and townships provide new recreation facilities or augment and expand existing facilities.

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For more information about Preservation Parks, visit www.preservationparks.com or call (740) 524-8600. The offices of Preservation Parks are at 2656 Hogback Road in Sunbury.

Bird Quest, 8 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 5. An early morning hike for beginning birders. Have binoculars? Bring them. Gallant Woods Preserve, 2151 Buttermilk Hill Road.

"Tweets for the Birds," noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6. Drop in to make homemade treats for your backyard feathered friends. Deer Haven Preserve, 4183 Liberty Road.

Hound Hike, 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6. Socialized canines and their owners take to the park trail on a guided hike. Char-Mar Ridge Preserve, 7741 Lewis Center Road.