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Ohio governor to dedicate state park named for Jesse Owens

July 14, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sihk) plans to dedicate a new state park and wildlife area named for Olympic great Jesse Owens.

The Republican governor announced the creation of the park earlier this year in his final State of the State speech.

The land spans parts of Guernsey, Morgan, Muskingum and Noble counties. The new park was created after the Ohio Department of Natural Resources struck a deal last year with American Electric Power to buy a large portion of a 60,000-acre parcel owned by the company and known as ReCreation Land.

The state says the park will include a portion of that property.

The governor has planned dedications at events Tuesday in Columbus at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and later in the day at Miner’s Memorial Park in McConnelsville.

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