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A New Ohio Park is to Be Named After Olympian Jesse Owens

photo of 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 Ohio Olympian will be honored Tuesday.

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