Kasich announces Ohio's largest state park will be named after Jesse Owens

File - In this Aug. 5, 1936 file photo, American athlete Jesse Owens practices in the Olympic Village in Berlin. (AP Photo/File)

Gov. John Kasich has announced that Ohio is getting the largest state park in its history.

The term-limited Republican said during his final State of the State address on Tuesday in his hometown of Westerville that he will name the park after Ohio State track legend Jesse Owens, "that great Ohioan who stood up to Hitler and came home with a gold medal."

Owens won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources struck a deal with American Electric Power in August to purchase a major portion of a 60,000-acre parcel owned by AEP in eastern Ohio, known as ReCreation Land.

The land spans parts of Guernsey, Morgan, Muskingum, and Noble counties. It would be used for a wide range of outdoor recreational opportunities including hunting and fishing.

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