OTTAWA, 2020– The State of Kansas, Health & Environment Department notified city staff in late spring that the Ottawa project application had been selected to receive $23,543. These funds as well as match funds of the same amount were supplied by cash from the Legacy Square Project, most notably from Goppert Foundation, plus the City of Ottawa Parks in-kind labor and equipment enabled this with Poured In Place (PIP) rubber surfacing. This is not the first Waste Tire Grant the City has received, but it is the first for the PIP surfacing.

These grants are awarded to partially fund the purchase of products made from waste tires. Almost 3 million tires are generated as waste annually in Kansas. This program is intended to stimulate the market for recycled rubber products rather than landfilling or even illegal management practices. This is the fourth time the City has partnered with KDHE to enhance city parks.

“We were thrilled to once again partner with the state for the improvement of our parks and amenities. This has been a learning process for us on the PIP surfacing, and we simply could not have done this without the State of Kanas and local partners.” said Michael Haeffele, Public Works Director.

The playground equipment funds were provided from a Blue Cross/Blue Shield Pathways via Franklin County Health Department. Working together, these partners constructed this new playground in a “play desert”, meeting goals established by the City Play Task Force in the Parks Plan.

“I was really looking forward to seeing this material applied firsthand and how well it wears over time. We hope to use again to improve our safety and accessibility.” D.J. Welsh, Parks Superintendent added. Further, Welsh shared the city efforts for use of tires in play features or recycling support the organizations efforts to support sustainability. Photos from previous projects related to benches and tables are attached as well as finished photos of this project.

Ottawa encourage persons wanting more information about the Waste Tire Program consider visiting the State of Kansas webpage at: www://

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