COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has approved more than $3.3 million to improve outdoor recreational opportunities for Ohioans including residents of Tuscarawas, Coshocton, Harrison, Muskingum, Noble and Guernsey counties

The funding is distributed through the NatureWorks grant program.

"Through this grant, we are able to partner with communities around the state in creating exceptional opportunities for recreation," said Governor Mike DeWine.

Tuscarawas Memorial Park will receive $7,830 to add playground equipment at the village park and the Coshocton Park District will utilize $19,693 to make upgrades at Lake Park Pavilion.

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District will receive $21,750 to install an accessible kayak launch at Atwood Lake in Tuscarawas County and $15,923 to install a similar kayak launch at Clendenning Lake in Harrison County.

The New Concord Pool will receive $63,506 to add recreational and gathering spaces at the complex while the Noble County commissioners will utilize an $18,449 grant to improvement the pool facility at the county fairgrounds in Caldwell.

Finally, the City of Cambridge will receive $20,490 to excavate and resurface four tennis courts at the city park.

Statewide, ODNR approved 85 projects in 66 counties. Projects include new playgrounds, picnic shelters, renovations to existing shelters, trails, restrooms, baseball fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, and swimming pools, fishing piers, kayak launches, and more.

"These grants are all about providing a variety of options for everyone to enjoy the great outdoors," said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. "I encourage Ohioans to discover all the different ways they can get outside and be active while exploring the best our state has to offer."

NatureWorks grants provide up to 75 percent reimbursement assistance to local government subdivisions (townships, villages, cities, counties, park districts, joint recreation districts and conservancy districts) for the acquisition, development, and rehabilitation of recreational areas.

Projects are funded through the Ohio Parks and Natural Resources Bond Issue, which was approved by Ohioans in November 1993. Additional legislation authorized the creation of the NatureWorks Grant Program.

To see which local Ohio communities will receive grant funding, please visit realestate.ohiodnr.gov/outdoor-recreation-facility-grants.