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Smith township seek NatureWorks funding for park

Smith Township trustees Paul Freer and Terry Criss approved application for a $22,000+ project through the State of Ohio’s Nature Works program to install playground equipment and construct a pavilion at North Benton Park during a special meeting Aug. 29.

Dave Mannion was absent.

Smith Township secured the land at the corner of Center and 12th streets through the Mahoning County Land Bank. If approved for funding, the township would be reimbursed for 75 percent of the project’s final costs with the balance coming out of either Smith Township coffers or in-kind donations or labor.

Individuals or organizations who are interested in assisting with this project or efforts to upgrade Maple Ridge Park, where the former Maple Ridge Elementary School stood, should contact trustees at 330-938-2807/

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