Four of Genoa Township's parks will receive improvements particularly helpful to people with disabilities.

Four of Genoa Township's parks will receive improvements particularly helpful to people with disabilities.

Starting in spring, county grant funds will provide park improvements compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

A rubberized playground surface and ADA-accessible playground equipment will be installed at Center Green Park, 7846 Center Green Drive.

ADA parking signs and pavement painting, as well as a handicap-accessible picnic table, will be installed at Freeman Park, 6460 Freeman Road.

A fishing pier and ADA-compliant parking signs, pavement painting, curbs and ramps will be installed at Hilmar Park, 6533 Hilmar Drive.

At McNamara Park, 7049 Big Walnut Road, ADA-compliant paver-brick crossings and skid-resistant mats will be installed, as well parking spaces, signs and pavement painting.

County commissioners on Feb. 24 approved a bid in the amount of $108,676 from 2K General Construction of Lewis Center, which will perform the improvements.

The improvements are funded through a $125,300 community development block grant from the Delaware County commissioners.

Trustee Barbara Lewis said, "I'm very pleased that we were able to receive this grant thanks to all the staff work that went into this."

The township also has received two grants from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources that will help to fund other improvements in McNamara Park, said Joe Clase, assistant administer for the township. They are $100,000 for constructing trails and $119,000 for building two tennis courts, Clase said.

Including the grants, the township has budgeted $950,000 in improvements for McNamara Park, which include doubling the size of the park to 30 acres, wetland rain gardens, and adding 1.5 miles of trail improvements that will encircle the park and connect to Genoa Township Community Hall.

That work is slated to begin this summer.

The township has increased its attention to ADA-accessible amenities after a 2009 survey of its residents showed that 5 percent of the 600 respondents said they would take advantage of accessibility features while gaining access to the parks, Clase said.

The township also has added seven ADA-accessible raised garden beds to its community garden plots at Worthington/Fleur Park, 4539 Worthington Road.

The Genoa Township Parks Advisory Board will hold an open house at 7 p.m. April 6, in the Genoa Township Community Hall, 5111 S. Old 3C Highway.