HOLGATE — A groundbreaking ceremony at Holgate’s Old School Park was held Thursday as work is underway on a restroom and concession building.

Mel Lanzer Co. in Napoleon was awarded the project bid for the restroom and concession stand building for $168,900, and work began this week.

“I’m super excited to get a concession stand and restrooms for the kids as they play baseball,” said Holgate Mayor Blake Tijerina. “It will be beneficial for the kids involved.”

The project is funded through a $500,000 Neighborhood Revitalization Grant through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. In addition to the restroom and concession building, the grant funds will be used to perform street improvements and storm sewer projects to improve drainage.

The restroom and concession building and street improvements — recently awarded to Crestline Paving in Toledo for $107,389 — will be fully funded through the grant. The drainage improvements have not yet been bid out, but are estimated to cost around $119,267, with $30,000 coming from the village’s storm sewer fund and the remaining portion through the grant.

Located on the grounds of the former school, Old School Park already has a walking trail and one ball field, with another ball field in progress with the help of an Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) NatureWorks grant. ODNR will provide 75 percent of funding ($28,241) with the village responsible for 25 percent ($11,971).

Design work is also underway for two basketball courts at the park with the help of CDBG allocation funds with construction planned for 2019-20. The CDBG funds will cover $15,700 toward the project, with the village funding the remaining $17,230.

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