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New State Park To Be Named After Olympian Jesse Owens

Jesse Owens
Ohio State University
The park area that will be named after track and field athlete Jesse Owens is reclaimed strip mining land, which Ohio acquired last year.

A legendary Olympian and Ohioan Jesse Owens will be honored with his own state park on Tuesday.

Owens is widely regarded as one of the most talented track and field athletes in history.

He already has facilities at the Ohio State University named after him. That’s where he was a standout in the school’s track and field program before becoming a four-time gold medalist in the 1936 Olympics.

Now he’ll have something new named after him: a state park and wildlife area in eastern Ohio. The land spans parts of Guernsey, Morgan, Muskingum and Noble counties.

The state acquired the 13,000-acre area of reclaimed strip mining land last year for about $26 million from American Electric Power.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.