The Metro Parks Program provides state funds for park drives or park roads within the boundaries of county parks created under sections 511.18 to 511.34 and 1545.01 to 1545.22 of the Revised Code, together with roads leading from state highway to and into any such park.
The Ohio Parks & Recreation Association (OPRA) serves as the program manager. Funds are provided to the park districts through the Biennial Transportation Appropriations Act. Biennial funding is currently $4.4M. Each park district gets an individual allocation determined by using the percentage of total vehicle registrations by county as provided by the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
OPRA requires that each of the park districts must own land or hold lease to land in the state of Ohio. All costs in excess of the metro park district allocation are paid by the park district. Funds can be used for the materials and labor necessary for construction, reconstruction, improvement, repair, and maintenance of park drives, park roads, park access roads, parking lots, and for purchase and hauling of materials, and for equipment rental.
Metro Park Guidance
Local Programs staff maintain and update guidelines and forms regularly to assist local public agencies with the Metro Parks Program funding process.
Download the latest version of the guidance under Attachment.