Gov. Pritzker announces $30.3 million in grants for 87 local park projects throughout Illinois

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7/7/2022
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Gov. Pritzker announces $30.3 million in grants for 87 local park projects throughout Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker today announced $30.3 million in grants for 87 local park projects that will help communities acquire open space and develop and improve recreational facilities throughout Illinois.

"Investments in our local parks are investments in our communities," Gov. Pritzker said. "Park projects don’t just create jobs and boost local economic development — they open the gateway for a healthier, happier Illinois. Every family in our state deserves nearby access to outdoor public spaces where they can gather with their friends and neighbors — and enjoy some sunshine, too."

The grants announced today are through the state’s Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) program, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). OSLAD grants can provide up to one-half of a project’s funds and, when combined with the investment of local matching funds, will support more than $56 million in local park development projects and land acquisitions statewide.

The OSLAD program began in 1987 and has invested $433.5 million in 1,816 local park projects. The program receives dedicated funding from a percentage of the state’s Real Estate Transfer Tax.

A list of this year’s OSLAD grant recipients and project information is below, sorted by county.

2022 OSLAD grant awards

Brown County

  • Mount Sterling Park District, Joel Oliver Memorial Pool improvements – $400,000

Champaign County

  • Champaign County Forest Presrve District, Dark Sky Trail and amenities – $294,000
  • Village of Fisher, Fisher Village Park redevelopment – $234,900
  • Village of Rantoul, Heritage Lake redevelopment Phase 1 – $400,000
  • Tolono Park District, West Side Park revitalization – $400,000

Clark County

  • Clark County Park District, campground addition – $211,500

Clinton County

  • City of Trenton, Trenton Community Park improvements – $315,000

Cook County

  • Alsip Park District, skate park redevelopment – $203,500
  • Chicago Park District, Marian R. Byrnes Park – $500,000
  • Cook County Forest Preserve District, Beaubian Woods outdoor recreation amenities – $1,150,000
  • Des Plaines Park District, outdoor nature lab and play park – $400,000
  • Dolton Park District, Blackstone Park Phase I – $400,000
  • Elk Grove Park District, Marshall Park – $400,000
  • City of Evanston, skate park at Twiggs Park – $400,000
  • Park District of Forest Park, Reiger Park – $400,000
  • Hanover Park District, Community Park – $319,700
  • Village of Hazel Crest, 1750th Street Park Phase II – $400,000
  • Hoffman Estates Park District, Beacon Point – $180,000
  • Kenilworth Park District, Townley Field – $400,000
  • Lemont Park District, Downtown Linear Park development – $400,000
  • Village of Lincolnwood, Flowers Park – $400,000
  • Mount Prospect Park District, Rosemary S. Argus Friendship Park – $400,000
  • Niles Park District, Pioneer Park – $400,000
  • Northbrook Park District, Oaklane Park renovations – $400,000
  • City of Palos Heights, Orchard Park development – $282,100
  • Park Ridge Park District, Hinkley Park – $400,000
  • Prospect Heights Park District, East Wedgewood Park – $275,000
  • River Trails Park District, Willow Trails Park – $400,000
  • Skokie Park District, Central Park – $400,000
  • Tinley Park Park District, Buedingen Park redevelopment – $311,500
  • Worth Park District, Peaks Park improvements – $146,500

Dekalb County

  • Sycamore Park District, Reston Ponds Park – $240,300

DuPage County

  • Addison Park District, Lake Manor Nature Preserve – $396,200
  • Bartlett Park District, Apple Orchard Community Park – $400,000
  • Bloomingdale Park District, Stratford Park – $250,000
  • Butterfield Park District, Glenbriar Park northwest development – $400,000
  • Darien Park District, Community Park – $400,000
  • DuPage County Forest Preserve District, Willowbrook Forest Preserve – $400,000
  • Glen Ellyn Park District, Ackermann Park-Lenox site addition – $400,000
  • Itasca Park District, Benson Park – $400,000
  • Lombard Park District, Four Seasons Park Phase 2 – $283,100
  • Medinah Park District, Thorndale Park redevelopment – $400,000
  • Oak Brook Park District, Autumn Oaks Phase II at Central park – $400,000
  • Roselle Park District, Turner Park – $400,000
  • Village of Villa Park, Lufkin Park redevelopment – $400,000
  • Westmont Park District, 314 N. Grant St. expansion acquisition – $90,000
  • Wheaton Park District, Briar Patch Park improvements – $317,500

Effingham County

  • Effingham Water Authority, Lake Sara Pearson Peninsula Park development Phase II – $400,000

Franklin County

  • City of Christopher, park renovation – $253,000

Greene County

  • City of Carrollton, Fry Park improvements – $200,000
  • City of Roodhouse, REZ Park improvements – $400,000

Jefferson County

  • Village of Bluford, COMBO-Village Park acquisition – $200,000

JoDaviess County

  • Blackhawk Park District, Meridian Park pool house project – $100,000

Kane County

  • City of Elgin, Millennium Park – $338,100
  • Kane County Forest Preserve District, Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve – $400,000
  • Village of West Dundee, Fairhills Park – $400,000

Knox County

  • City of Galesburg, HT Custer Park renovation – $360,000

Lake County

  • Buffalo Grove Park District, Prairie Grove Park – $400,000
  • Park District of Highland Park, Park Avenue access improvement project – $400,000
  • Lake County Forest Preserve District, Lakewood Forest Preserve redevelopment – $400,000
  • Village of Libertyville, Nicholas Dowden Park Phase 1 – $400,000
  • Waukegan Park District, Bevier Park renovation – $400,000
  • Zion Park District, Shiloh Park – $400,000

Madison County

  • Village of Hartford, COMBO w/ land donation, Lewis and Clark Tower Park – $90,000

McDonough County

  • Macomb Park District, Patton Park development – $360,000

McHenry County

  • Village of Algonquin, Presidential Park improvements – $400,000
  • Village of Spring Grove, Main Street Park improvements – $145,800

McLean County

  • Heyworth, Centennial Park playground and improvements – $64,700

Moultrie County

  • City of Sullivan, Wyman Park improvements – $381,800

Ogle County

  • Village of Davis Junction, Community Park expansion acquisition – $100,000

Perry County

  • City of Du Quoin, Du Quoin Municipal Pool bathhouse and parking renovations – $390,500

Piatt County

  • Village of Atwood, COMBO-village park expansion – $15,000

Randolph County

  • Red Bud, Ratz Park revitalization – $400,000

Saline County

  • Harrisburg Township Park District, inclusive playground at soccer complex – $396,000

Sangamon County

  • City of Auburn, Union Park improvements – $400,000
  • Springfield Park District, Kiwanis Park redevelopment – $400,000

Shelby County

  • City of Shelbyville, ballfield enhancement project – $324,000
  • Village of Strasburg, park renovation – $318,000

Tazewell County

  • East Peoria, Levee Park Phase III spray pad and amphitheater – $400,000

Union County

  • City of Anna, Hadley’s Haven – $400,000

Will County

  • Channahon Park District, Tomahawk Aquatic Center – $400,000
  • Frankfort Park District, Redevelopment of Windy Hill Park – $174,000
  • New Lenox Community Park District, Hibernia Park development Phase II – $400,000
  • Plainfield Park District, Redevelopment of Van Horn Woods – $400,000
  • Village of Romeoville, Romeo Crossing Community Park – $400,000

Winnebago County

  • Rockford Park District, Ray Wantz Memorial Playground development – $315,000
  • Roscoe Township, Founders Park – $337,300

 
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