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Herkimer County HealthNet Awards Grants to Parks, Trails and Playgrounds through the Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play Initiative

June 20, 2011


HERKIMER – Herkimer County HealthNet is pleased to announce five awards to organizations as part of the Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play initiative in Herkimer County. One of the many strategies that Herkimer County HealthNet is working on is enhancing and creating places to be physically active in Herkimer County. The projects and awards are as follows:

• Village of Frankfort – Operation Playground Safe Move-Hilltop Park - $6,500
• Herkimer Area Resource Center – Having Accessible Recreation in the Community - $6,000
• Village of Ilion – Safe Playgrounds - $5,064
• Town of Russia – Get Fit Program - $4,304
• Village of Dolgeville – Salisbury-Dolgeville Greenway (Main Street to Spencer Street) - $11,950

Thomas Curnow, Executive Director of Herkimer County HealthNet said, “We were impressed with the creativity and quality of applications we received from all over Herkimer County.” A total of nine applications from various organizations in Herkimer County were submitted. The Herkimer County HealthNet Wellness Committee reviewed them and made the final decisions.


Mr. Hutchinson would also like to remind organizations and municipalities that Herkimer County HealthNet has also pre-purchased playground surface material and is offering it to organizations who want to improve their playgrounds.


The Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play grant is funded by the New York State Department of Health and is administered locally by Herkimer County HealthNet. In an effort to save money in regard to health care costs and productivity losses, Herkimer County HealthNet along with other organizations throughout New York State are working to prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes by making it easier to be physically active and to eat healthy foods.


For more information about Herkimer County HealthNet and playground surface material for organizations, please call (315) 867-1499 or visit If you would like to contribute to the services provided by Herkimer County HealthNet, please consider a donation by visiting


Herkimer County HealthNet’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of individuals who live, work, play, and learn in Herkimer County.



Thomas Curnow, Executive Director, Herkimer County HealthNet, (315) 867-1552 or
Alison J. Swartz, Coordinator of Creating Healthy Places grant initiative, (315) 867-1499

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The HCHN has been in existence since 1990. Its membership has continuously expanded and has served as an effective forum for Herkimer County providers to identify, discuss, and resolve health and social service issues and concerns. As a direct result of grants by the New York State Department of Health: Office of Rural Health, the Network significantly increased levels of coordination and collaboration among health and social service providers.

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