Governor Quinn Announces $16.5 Million for Local Park and Open Space Projects

Katie Hickey
Governor Quinn Announces $16.5 Million for Local Park and Open Space Projects
LA GRANGE PARK � Governor Pat Quinn today announced $16.5 million in investments for 46 local park projects across Illinois. The investments will expand outdoor recreation opportunities in communities across Illinois, and are part of Governor Quinn�s agenda to ensure that no child is left inside.

�Parks and outdoor recreational activities help make Illinois a great place to live and work,� Governor Quinn said. �These projects will create jobs, allow more families to get active outdoors and promote healthy lifestyles.�

The projects are funded through the state�s Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development program (OSLAD) and administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Funding recipients are required to contribute at least half of the total project cost, which means that today�s $16.5 million investment will generate more than $33 million of local park development projects and land acquisition across the state.

�OSLAD is a great program that provides dedicated matching funds to communities striving to protect critical open space, especially in parts of the state that are developing rapidly,� Marc Miller, Director of DNR said. �This program is an important tool for us to help communities provide enhanced recreational opportunities.�

The OSLAD program began in 1986 and, not including today�s announced projects, has provided approximately $377.8 million for 1,641 local park projects in Illinois. In some instances, funding will enable communities to acquire land to be used for future green space. The program is funded through the Real Estate Transfer Tax, which is part of every property sale in Illinois.

A list of this year�s OSLAD grant recipients and project descriptions follows:

Champaign County
Champaign Park District, $300,000 for Douglass Park improvements.

Christian County
City of Pana, $190,000 for Kitchell Park redevelopment.

Coles County
Mattoon Township Park District, $400,000 for Lytle Park � A Vision for the Next 100 Years.

Cook County
Addison Park District, $400,000 for Phase 2 of the Community Park Renovation.
Bedford Park District, $362,500 for the Community Park Enhancement Project.
Village of Calumet Park, $266,000 for the Veterans Park Development Project.
Chicago Heights Park District, $400,000 for Euclid Park.
Chicago Park District, $900,000 for Park 564 trail and habitat development.
Chicago Park District, $1.4 million to expand Walsh Park.
Cook County Forest Preserve District, $904,000 for land acquisition for the Tinley Creek reserve Villa Santa Maria.
Dolton Park District, $183,500 for Main Park renovations.
Hickory Hills Park District, $390,300 for Kasey Meadow Park renovation.
Homewood Flossmoor Park District, $400,000 for Dolphin Lake Park.
La Grange Park Community Park District, $400,000 for Memorial Park improvements.
Oak Lawn Park District, $400,000 for Worthbrook Park.
Park District of Oak Park, $400,000 for Maple Park renovations.
Park Ridge Recreation and Park District, $750,000 for land acquisition for the Youth Campus Park.
Village of River Grove, $97,700 for land acquisition for the Budd Street Park.
Village of Rosemont, $176,800 for Barry Street Multi-Purpose Outdoor Recreation Project.
Tinley Park Park District, $400,000 for St. Boniface land acquisition.
Veterans Park District, Northlake, $328,800 for Bulger Park renovation.

DeKalb County
DeKalb Park District, $199,700 for Lions Park.

DuPage County
Village of Willowbrook, $400,000 for Willow Pond Park redevelopment.

Henry County
Village of Annawan, $267,700 for Howes Park Development.

Jefferson County
City of Mount Vernon, $400,000 for Lincoln Park.

Kane County
Village of Carpentersville, $400,000 for Phase 1 improvements at Carpenter Park.
Fox Valley Park District, Aurora (serves Kane, DuPage, Kendall and Will Counties), $400,000 for Copley Park and the Virtual Gilman Trail.
Kane County Forest Preserve District, $389,200 for land acquisition for the Antos Woods.
Village of South Elgin, $400,000 for SEBA Park.
St. Charles Park District, $259,900 for Paddle Sports Park and Ferson Creek Park.

Kendall County
City of Yorkville, $400,000 for Bristol Bay 65.

Knox County
City of Galesburg, $332,000 for Rotary Park development.

Lake County
Foss Park District, North Chicago, $247,400 for Foss Park District Playground.
Waukegan Park District, $400,000 for Clearview Park.

Madison County
Venice Park District, $200,300 for Phase 1 improvements.

McHenry County
City of Crystal Lake, $214,400 for the Three Oaks Recreation Area.

Monroe County
City of Waterloo, $41,900 for a fishing pier accessible for persons with disabilities.

St. Clair County
City of Belleville, $298,600 for Bicentennial Park improvements.
Village of Fairmont City, $191,200 for Granby Park.

Saline County
Harrisburg Township Park District, $308,200 for Memorial Park.

Shelby County
Village of Herrick, $57,100 for Carroll Park development.
Moweaqua Park District, $12,500 for North Park development.

Tazewell County
Village of Minier, $400,000 for Minier Westside Park.

Will County
Manhattan Park District, $216,500 for Central Park.
Mokena Park District, $400,000 for Prairie Ridge Park.

Winnebago County
Rockford Park District, $241,300 for Sabrooke Playground development.
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