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Lima City Council was asked to formally apply for a $1.2 million grant from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC). This is already included in the project's $2.8 million budget. The city also requested to enter into contracts with the Veteran's Memorial Civic and Convention Center, and the Lima Rotary Club about the future operation of the park. The city would be responsible for maintaining the property, while the Civic Center would oversee events.
The Lima Rotary Club has nearly raised the 2.5-million dollars for the project they started to bring more people to downtown Lima. The Greater Lima Region Park and Amphitheater should be under construction by the fall. The project grew as more interest was generated in ways the new gathering space could be used and has been a springboard for other projects in that area.
The Lima Rotary Club officially has a name and logo for their downtown amphitheater project.
It's announced that it will be known as the Greater Lima Region Park and Amphitheater." Greater Lima Region made one of the largest donations of $250,000 to the project, back in Cctober. Several area businesses and individuals have contributed as well.
The property is between Spring Street and Elm Street, bounded by Union Street and Main Street. Construction on the project began in September with the demolition of buildings. When the project is finished, the amphitheater will be standing in the northeast corner of the lot with a large green space in front. The rotary club started campaigning efforts trying to raise $2.2 million for the project.