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HPD, city may seek trail grant

By JIM MAURER
STAFF WRITER
Gary Pruitt, Hancock Park District director, will meet with city officials about seeking a Transportation Alternative Program grant from the state to continue trail development.
He said he has been working with Hancock Pathways, a citizens group working to develop portions of the park district’s trail master plan. The group wants to develop a trail from Emory Adams Park to the Hancock County Fairgrounds, with several connector trails.
Pruitt updated the Hancock Park District board during its regular meeting Tuesday.
Bill Patch, park operations manager, said Stantec, the company working with the Maumee Valley Conservancy District to review the Army Corps of Engineers’ flood-control plan, will be on 12 park district locations along the Blanchard River as part of the company’s effort.
Separately, Gary Hirschfeld was named board chairman for the year, while Scott Younger and Ed Ingold will serve as vice chairmen. Younger will be the Hancock Parks Foundation board representative and Ingold will fill in as the representative, if necessary.
The board approved the meeting schedule and park tour schedule for the year. The board will continue to meet at 3:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday monthly at the Discovery Center.
The board will meet in regular session in June through September, but then travel to view improvements at 12 community parks which receive park district funds annually.
Separately, during the Hancock Parks Foundation members and trustees annual meetings, Dave Distel, Shane Myers and Carol Jastal were elected to three-year terms through Dec. 31, 2019.
Foundation officers this year are: President Rick Kidwell, Vice President Cameron Williams, Secretary Carol Jastal and Treasurer Heather Pendleton.
The foundation board will meet five additional times this year: March 1, May 3, July 12, Sept. 6 and Nov. 1 at the Discovery Center.
The group discussed possibly having people “join” the foundation, without being a trustee, for a minimal fee. Those members would then be invited to events at various parks to become familiar with the locations and promote the parks to others. No action was taken.
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