OH gets $2.3M disaster aid to restore damaged park

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio has received $2.38 million in federal disaster aid to repair a park damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

Gordon Park along Lake Erie in Cleveland was severely damaged from strong winds, storm surges and heavy rainfall when the storm hit last October.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the grant Friday.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/15Cm72t) reports that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources plans to restore the park to its pre-disaster design. The money will be used for shoreline protection and other expenses such as labor, equipment and materials to repair handrails and posts.

Cleveland Metroparks began managing the park last month. But a Metroparks spokeswoman says the state requested the disaster aid and will manage the grant and repairs.

The 122-acre park just east of downtown opened in 1893.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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