Community center awarded $21K grant

Mote Park facility ‘most rented’ in Piqua

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA — Mote Park Community Center is going to get some major sprucing up now that the city of Piqua has received a grant to renovate its public restrooms.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources awarded the NatureWorks Grant in the amount of $21,300 to the city for the project. The total project cost is $28,536.

“When I was doing my research for the grant, I came to find out that the Mote Park Community Center is the most rented facility in (the city),” Development Program Manager Nikki Reese said.

President of the Southview Neighborhood Association Jim Vetter also noted that that the Mote Park Community Center is also a voting site.

“These renovations have been extremely needed for many years now, and we are really excited that the city received the grant funds to move this project forward,” Vetter said. “It’s one of the projects the Southview Neighborhood Association has been advocating for some time … We’re just bubbling over with excitement.”

The restrooms have not been updated since they were constructed in 1963 with the exception of making them handicapped-accessible and adding a baby-changing station. The implementation will take place in 2017. Reese explained that there will continue to be two stalls in both the men’s and the women’s restrooms, with one stall in each bathroom being handicapped-accessible. They will also be renovating the hallways leading up to the bathrooms.

After the restroom renovations, the Southview Neighborhood Association will continue to look for funding to keep improving Mote Park and the Mote Park Community Center.

“This is just one of several projects the Southview Neighborhood Association has identified as needed,” Vetter said. “We’re trying to find funding for a water fountain for the shelter up at the Mote Park.”

Vetter said that the Southview Neighborhood Association is also aware that the city is concerned about utility costs at the Mote Park Community Center, particularly after air conditioning was installed. Vetter explained that they are looking at insulating the building as well as addressing the parking lot near it.

This is the second time that the city has received this NatureWorks Grant, previously receiving funding for the new slide at the pool. NatureWorks projects are funded through the Ohio Parks and Natural Resources Bond Issue, which was approved by Ohio voters in November 1993.

The NatureWorks grant program provides up to 75 percent reimbursement assistance for local government subdivisions — townships, villages, cities, counties, park districts, joint recreation districts, and conservancy districts — to for the acquisition, development, and rehabilitation of recreational areas.

Mote Park facility ‘most rented’ in Piqua

By Sam Wildow

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336