State Rep. John Rogers (D- Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced $294,800 in state funds for facility improvements at Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor, Ohio.
The project consists of renovating two restrooms that serve the needs of bikers, walkers, runners and beachgoers. Renovations will improve interior fixtures, make the restrooms code compliant and ensure the facilities adhere to Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.
“This investment will ensure area residents, along with all who visit, have access to up-to-date facilities available for everyone’s convenience,” said Rep. Rogers
Funding for the project was approved at today’s meeting by the state Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending. The state previously released over $340,000 in November 2015 and December 2016 for engineering, design, and installation work of the new ADA-compliant boardwalk.
Since 2011 ODNR has invested over $735,466 capital funds at Headlands Beach State Park and Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve.
With its mile-long beachfront, Headlands Beach State Park features the largest coastline open to the public in Ohio. The park also offers its visitors two hiking trails and recreational fishing opportunities.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources estimates that there were over 55 million visitors last year throughout Ohio’s parks, and 1 million visitors to Headlands Beach State Park.
“Ohio is one of seven states that offers free admission to any of our 74 parks statewide, and it has spent in excess of $126 million dollars during the last two biennium’s caring for these tremendous resources,” said Rep. Rogers.
The work on the facilities scheduled to be completed by May 15, 2018.