Elizabeth Hoverman, of McComb, is the grand prize winner of the 23rd annual Hancock Park District Photography Contest.

She was recognized during the park district’s regular meeting Tuesday.

The photograph of a red-winged blackbird perched on cattails was taken at Riverbend Recreation Area. The photograph was judged the best among monthly winners from March 2018 through February 2019. She received an engraved plaque and a park district prize package worth up to $200.

The photograph will be featured in a future issue of the park district’s seasonal program and event guide.

Separately the park district board of park commissioners approved a general fund appropriation of about $18,560 to pave Township Road 208, which is within Riverbend. The board previously agreed to split the cost with the Marion Township trustees.

M&B Asphalt, Old Fort, will do the paving this construction season. Speed limit signs, designating 25 mph through the park, will be placed at each end to slow down traffic.

Also, the board approved $6,431 from the general fund to print the Blanchard River Water Trail map and guide. The water trail was recently approved by the state.

Gary Pruitt, park district director, said paving of the Blanchard Landing parking lot, off Ohio 235, is complete and the lot is open.

Design of Shelter 4 near Giertz Lake in Riverbend Recreation Area is underway and will provide a plan with a low “sitting” wall and one without, he said, but there will be no fireplace in either plan.

Commissioner Ed Ingold said he’s heard from several residents about possibly installing a fire pit nearby, which could be added later.

Reconstruction of Shelter 2 at Riverbend is nearly complete, with landscaping the main item to finish.

The board will begin their tours of community parks throughout the county in June with stops at Riverside Park, Arcadia Lions Club Park and Fostoria City Park. Board members will meet with park representatives at each location.

The parks receive park district grant money to assist with projects to benefit each location.

Tours will continue throughout the summer and early fall. The board expects to leave about 4 p.m. for each tour.

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