Governor Pritzker Announces $28.9 Million in Grants for 89 Local Park Projects Throughout Illinois

Ed Cross
Governor Pritzker Announces $28.9 Million in Grants for 89 Local Park Projects Throughout Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Governor JB Pritzker today announced $28.9 million in grants for 89 local projects that will help communities acquire open space and develop and improve recreational facilities throughout Illinois.

“Investments in Illinois’ local parks makes it easier for families and recreation enthusiasts to enjoy our state’s beauty and help their communities thrive,” Governor Pritzker said. “Parks projects will also create jobs, providing a boost to local economic development efforts in dozens of communities and spurring additional investment throughout the state.”

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). The program will provide more than $28 million to support 87 projects, while two projects will be funded through in the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The grant programs 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 $419.4 million in 1,765 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/LWCF grant recipients and project information is below:

Alsip Park District Laramie Park Development Cook $400,000.00
Atkinson, Village of Veterans Memorial Park Project Henry $68,700.00
Aurora, City of Increasing Public Use of Wilder Promenade Kane $365,000.00
Bartlett PD “Free to Be Me” Inclusive Playground Cook $400,000.00
Beardstown, City of Marina Improvements Cass $400,000.00
Buffalo Grove PD Green Lake Park Lake $400,000.00
Bunker Hill, City of Mae Meissner Whitaker Park Improvements Macoupin $199,400.00
Burbank PD Narragansett Park Redevelopment Cook $400,000.00
Butterfield PD Glenbriar Park Phase II Development DuPage $400,000.00
Carlinville Park District Carlinville Public Pool Renovations Macoupin $400,000.00
Champaign County FPD Expanding Accessibility at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve Champaign $152,400.00
Champaign PD Human Kinetics Park Development Champaign $400,000.00
Channahon PD Arroyo Trails Park Development Will $400,000.00
Chicago PD Park 584 – West Pullman community Cook $350,000.00
Chicago PD Park 583 – South Deering community Cook $298,700.00
Chicago PD Park 593 – Albany Park community Cook $317,200.00
Chicago PD Park 585 – Chicago Lawn community Cook $196,700.00
Collinsville, City of Glidden Park Revival Development  Madison $400,000.00
Columbia, City of Creekside Park Development Monroe $400,000.00
Cook County Forest Preserve District Creating Nature Based Education/Recreation Campus – Sand Ridge, Shabbona Woods, Green Lake Cook $673,900.00
Danville, City of Historic Ellsworth Park Redevelopment Vermilion $373,900.00
Dieterich, Village of Liberty Memorial Park Improvements Effingham $306,600.00
DuPage County FPD Picnic Pavilion Improvements at St. James Farm Forest Preserve DuPage $150,000.00
Elburn, Village of Keslinger and Liberty Community Park Development Kane $400,000.00
Evanston, City of Harbert Park Renovations Cook $320,000.00
Flagg Rochelle Community PD Spring Lake Park Improvements  Ogle $310,600.00
Forsyth, Village of Forsyth Family Sports Park Land Acquisition (LWCF) Macon $309,200.00
Fox Valley PD Backyard Park Development Kane $285,500.00
Geneseo, City of Richmond Hill Park Phase One Redevelopment Henry $400,000.00
Geneva PD Peck Farm North Development Kane $400,000.00
Glen Ellyn PD Ackerman Park Improvements DuPage $400,000.00
Glenview PD Wagner Farm Master Plan Cook $400,000.00
Glenview PD The Grove Land Acquisition (LWCF) Cook $309,200.00
Golf Maine PD Dee Park Redevelopment Cook $200,000.00
Hampshire Township PD Park at Tuscany Woods Development Kane $400,000.00
Hawthorn Woods, Village of Meadowlark Park and Arboretum Development Lake $105,100.00
Hickory Hills PD Kasey Meadow Park Improvements Cook $368,200.00
Hoffman Estates PD South Ridge Community Park and Splash Pad Cook $400,000.00
Joliet PD Grove Road Development Phase 2 Will/Kendall $265,400.00
Kane County FPD Oakhurst Forest Preserve Improvements Kane $400,000.00
Kankakee, City of Kankakee Riverwalk Land Acquisition Kankakee $134,000.00
Keithsburg, City of Keithsburg Riverside Campground Improvements Mercer $140,400.00
Kendall County FPD Pickerill-Pigott Forest Preserve Development Kendall $316,500.00
Lake Barrington, Village of Fetherling Park Development Lake $192,500.00
Lake Forest, City of South Park Improvements Lake $280,000.00
Lake in the Hills, Village of Turtle Island Park Expansion Development McHenry $277,700.00
Macon County CD Rock Springs Conservation Area Cattail Pond Improvements Macon $75,000.00
Memorial PD Development of Eisenhower Park Campus - Bellwood Cook $338,200.00
Metropolis, City of Franklin Park/Metropolis City Pool Improvements Massac $231,600.00
Midlothian PD Bremen Heights Park Redevelopment Cook $400,000.00
Minooka, Village of Aux Sable Springs Park Development Kendall $400,000.00
Mt. Zion, Village of Fletcher Park Splash Pad Development Macon $374,200.00
Mundelein Park and Rec District Clearbrook Park Development Lake $400,000.00
Naperville PD Southwest Community Park Development Will $400,000.00
New Lenox Community PD Leigh Creek South Park at Heather Glen Development Will $400,000.00
Normal, Town of Maxwell Park Improvements McLean $400,000.00
Northfield PD Clarkson Park Improvements Cook $400,000.00
Oak Brook, Village of Sports Core Improvement Plan DuPage $279,600.00
Oak Park Park District Stevenson Park Renovation Cook $400,000.00
Oglesby, City of Senica Square City Park Development LaSalle $400,000.00
Oregon PD Park West Phase Two Development Ogle $400,000.00
Orion, Village of Love Park Addition Henry $34,300.00
Palos Heights, City of Palmer Park Redevelopment Cook $400,000.00
Palos Hills Pleasure Lake Recreation Amenities Cook $126,000.00
Pleasant Dale PD Walker Park Redevelopment – Burr Ridge Cook $400,000.00
Rantoul, Village of Rudzinksi Park Redevelopment  Champaign $360,000.00
Rapids City, Village of Shuler's Shady Grove Wellness Center Rock Island $6,300.00
River Trails PD Burning Bush Trails Park – Mount Prospect Cook $400,000.00
Riverwoods, Village of Flatwoods Heritage Center Development Lake $400,000.00
Rock Island County FPD Loud Thunder Forest Preserve Camping Improvements Rock Island $400,000.00
Rock Island, City of Douglas Park Phase 2 Renovation Rock Island $150,000.00
Rockford PD Washington Park Development Winnebago $250,000.00
Roselle PD Goose Lake Park Development DuPage $257,800.00
Sandoval, Village of Village Park Improvement Project Marion $344,300.00
Schaumburg PD Spring Valley Nature Center Program and Visitor Amenities Cook $400,000.00
Schiller Park, Village of Clock Tower Park Expansion Cook $156,000.00
Skokie PD Laramie Park Improvements Cook $400,000.00
St. Charles PD Pottawatomie Park Redevelopment Kane $248,600.00
Streamwood PD Commissioner's Park Improvements Cook $400,000.00
Tinley Park PD St. Boniface Park Redevelopment Cook $400,000.00
Tuscola, City of Tennis and Basketball Court Update Douglas $328,100.00
Urbana PD Crystal Lake Rehabilitation Project Champaign $400,000.00
Vienna, City of Vienna City Park Improvements Johnson $360,000.00
Wauconda PD Phil's Beach Project Lake $400,000.00
Waukegan PD Eugene P. King Park Improvements Lake $400,000.00
Western Springs PD Spring Rock Park Redevelopment Cook $400,000.00
Wheaton PD Memorial Park Improvements DuPage $400,000.00
Williamsville, Village of Williamsville Playground and Trail Improvements Sangamon $73,600.00
Winchester, City of Pool Renovations Scott $335,000.00
Winfield, Village of Riverwalk Park Phase One Development DuPage $400,000.00
Wood Dale PD White Oaks Park Phase 2 Improvements DuPage $397,500.00
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