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In this Feb. 24 photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich delivers his State of the State address in Medina. With no primary challenger, Kasich will face the winner of the Democratic primary between Ed FitzGerald and Larry Ealy in November. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald speaks outside the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland after voting on the first day of early voting for the May 6 primary. FitzGerald is being challenged for the democratic nomination by Larry Ealy with the winner facing off against incumbent Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the November general election. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
It takes a walk in the woods to get a good look at the future of the Portage Park District. Just two years ago, the district was operating on a shoestring budget, with development of more outdoor recreational space grinding to a halt. This was happening just as suburban development was beginning to close off options to acquire and protect large blocs of land, especially in the western part of the county.