A public hearing was held during the April 26 Bethesda Council meeting for Epworth Park improvements.

The village and the Mid-Eastern Governments Association is pursuing a grant through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to also help pay for the project. Trina Woodland, a community development grant specialist at OMEGA, is assisting the village with the application.

Village administrator Dirk Davis reports a public hearing is required for any Natureworks grant application with ODNR. The meeting was attended by 70 citizens and involved a question and answer session of 30 minutes. Many positive comments were received.

The village recently received a $20,000 grant from the state capital budget for the project to pay for part of the project.

According to Davis, projects the Park Board is currently focusing on are replacing the four bridges on Epworth Lake at a projected cost of $27,700. Improvements to the asphalt walking trail is expected to cost $45,000.

A special fundraising event next Saturday, May 19, "Pave the Trail", is slated to help raise the $25,000 needed to match the grant. Read the separate story in today’s Enterprise for details on this event or view a flyer posted on the Village of Bethesda Facebook Page.

Members of the Bethesda Park Board are Jim Ellis, Debbie Mason and Jim Patrone. They area assisted by two village officials, Rick Burkhead, treasurer, and Dirk Davis, administrator.