NEW BOSTON — The Scioto Foundation (SF) made a generous donation of $10,000 to the renovation of the tennis courts in Millbrook Park in New Boston. The exchange was made in Millbrook Park on Thursday.
Dan Fetty, New Boston city councilman, said they are delighted about the generosity of the Foundation. The estimated cost of the project is approximately is $102K, according to Fetty.
“Three years ago, we started a project to renovate our tennis courts, and the Scioto Foundation awarded us a $10,000 grant that was due through April of 2015,” Fetty said. “But, we applied for a grant with the State, the Department of Natural Resources for the Nature Works grant, but we have not received that yet. So the Scioto Foundation was gracious enough, the board of directors gave us an extension until we got that grant from the State in. The estimated cost is about $102,000, but I think we can get it done for the amount of money that we have now, which is $95,000.”
Though the project has been in the works for three years, Fetty said they will see it through it’s completion.
“Once we got that grant in, the intern told them that we were ready to start construction, and now we are receiving the $10,000 from the Scioto Foundation. I am particularly thankful for the Scioto Foundation, because that puts us over the top, and we’ll have sufficient funds to do the construction, the renovation,” Fetty said. “While we are here I want to thank all of the other businesses who donated money and individuals. This was a big project, it took us three years, and we are going to see it come into fruition probably in the spring. We are right there, and I am excited, I think the school is excited, and we are looking forward to getting it all done.”
Kim Cutlip, executive director of SF, said they are happy to be able to contribute to the project.
“The Scioto Foundation is pleased to be able to offer a grant to the Village of New Boston to complete the tennis courts, which are in much need of repair,” Cutlip said. “So, we are just happy that we are able to do this.”
Donald Stapleton, principal of Glenwood High School, said the renovation will greatly benefit the tennis team and physical education classes at the high school.
“We are just happy for the tennis team, they will have a place to practice, and have matches The gym classes come over and use them at times. It will be wonderful,” Stapleton said.
The Mayor of New Boston, William Williams, said the project exemplifies community effort, and he is hopeful it will help to expand recreational opportunities within the community.
“I just want to thank Dan, this a truly partnership of the community, and Mr. Fetty has led the way for us on this, and we have appointed a Parks and Recreation Committee,” Williams said. “Hopefully, this is the beginning of better activities in our community for recreation purposes.”
The Scioto Foundation presented a check for $10K to the Village of New Boston for a tennis court renovation project on Thursday. From left to right: Donald Stapleton, principal of Glenwood High School, Dan Fetty New Boston city councilman, Kim Cutlip, executive director of Scioto Foundation, and William Williams, Mayor of New Boston.
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