COLUMBUS– State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) announced last Wednesday the Ohio House passed House Bill (HB) 597, which reappropriates over $2 billion in capital funds for the FY 2023-24 biennium.
HB 597 includes a provision that reappropriates $500,000 to the Alum Creek and Olentangy Trail Connector, $100,000 to the Minerva Park Amphitheater Restoration, and $100,00 to the Miracle Field located in the 19th House District. Overall, $19,168,100 was reappropriated to 40 projects in Franklin County.
“I’m glad to see that these projects, which are important to our community, have received the support that they need in order to be completed,” Rep. Lightbody.
The Alum Creek and Olentangy Train Connector was developed by Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District to enhance the Central Ohio Greenways. Working with MORPC, the cities of Columbus, Westerville, and Worthington, a mutually beneficial plan has been developed to connect these communities and several key areas of interest to these two trails.
The Minerva Park Amphitheater was built in the heart of the village in the 1940's. All that remained was the facade of the stage and two small pillars at the front of the stage. This project restores the original amphitheater and adds on enhancements including a stone wall, restrooms, and a ramp for accessibility.
The Miracle Field of New Albany will remove the barriers that hinder children with mental and physical disabilities from being on the baseball field to experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime. Miracle League teams play on a custom-designed, rubberized turf field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assertive devices while helping to prevent injuries.
HB 597 was passed unanimously in the House and now heads to the Senate for further consideration.