Ohio town revitalizes with a new waterfront park instead of subdivision

The village of Marblehead, Ohio is one step closer to having a waterfront park, as it secured $150,000 from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on August 3, 2015.

The future Lifeboat Station Park, a 2.3 acre property at Main Street and Lifeboat Lane, was platted for a residential subdivision.

The price tag to purchase the land and renew it for park purposes is about $1.5 million.

After a few unsuccessful attempts to drum up support, the village sought help from the nonprofit Western Reserve Land Conservancy, which works to preserve natural areas and farmland in 17 counties in Ohio and to revitalize urban neighborhoods.

More than 80 percent of the Lake Erie shoreline in Ohio developed or privately owned. This will be the first coastal park for the village of Marblehead.

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