Governor Quinn Announces Major Investments for 75 Park Projects Across Illinois

Katie Hickey
Dave Blanchette
Governor Quinn Announces Major Investments for 75 Park Projects Across Illinois
OAK PARK � Governor Pat Quinn today announced $26 million in investments for 75 local projects across Illinois that will help communities acquire land for parks and improve recreational opportunities. Today�s announcement is part of Governor Quinn�s agenda to increase recreational opportunities, create jobs and drive Illinois� economy forward.

�Illinois� first-rate parks and recreation facilities are good for our families and our businesses,� Governor Quinn said. �By investing in our parks and providing communities with more opportunities for recreation, we can improve the quality of life for families while creating jobs and driving Illinois� economy forward.�

The investments announced today are through the state�s Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) program. The program will provide $24 million to support 75 projects in 28 counties throughout Illinois. An additional $2 million comes from the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Together, these sources can provide up to one-half of a project�s funds. Today�s announcement of $26 million will support more than $52 million in local park development projects and land acquisitions statewide.

�These programs help protect critical open space in Illinois, especially in areas of the state where development is occurring at a fast pace,� IDNR Director Marc Miller said. �These resources also help communities maintain and modernize facilities they already own, protecting the value of public investments.�

The OSLAD program began in 1987 and has invested $390.5 million in 1,678 local park projects. The program receives dedicated funding from a percentage of the state�s Real Estate Transfer Tax.

OSLAD/LWCF Project Awards:
Adams County
� Quincy Park District, $30,000, for the development of a skate park at Lincoln Park on Quinsippi Island Road.
Bond County
� Kingsbury Park District, $400,000, to renovate the William S. Wait Pool in Greenville.

Cook County
� Arlington Heights Park District, $400,000, to renovate and add new facilities at Lake Arlington Park.
� Berwyn Park District, $87,700, to acquire three parcels for a neighborhood park.
� Berwyn Park District, $306,600, to renovate an existing waterway into an educational demonstration garden including a water course for children.
� Chicago Park District, $800,000, to develop the Park 571 site on the Chicago River in Bridgeport.
� Chicago Park District, $1,500,000, to acquire land located at the west end of the 606 elevated trail.
� Des Plaines Park District, $251,100, to renovate Apache Park. 
� Forest Preserve District of Cook County, $1,063,500, to add nature play and outdoor recreation elements at Dan Ryan Woods. 
� Park District of Forest Park, $400,000, for the development of Roos Park on Harrison Street. 
� Park District of Franklin Park, $217,900, to renovate Maple Park.
� Golf Maine Park District, $250,000, to renovate Dee Park in the northwest portion of the District.
� Community Park District of La Grange Park, $88,900, to renovate Beach - Oak Park on Beach Avenue.
� City of Markham, $400,000, to renovate an existing baseball field, parking lot and concession stand on West 163rd Street.
� Maywood Park District, $247,400, to renovate Central Area Park at 9th and Madison Avenue.
� Memorial Park District, $341,700, to renovate Eisenhower Park on Wolf Road in Hillside.
� Mount Prospect Park District, $376,000, to redevelop Einstein Park on Walnut Avenue.
� North Berwyn Park District, $400,000, to construct a new aquatic facility on the site of the existing Maple Pool.
� Oak Lawn Park District, $400,000, to renovate Centennial Park on Oak Park Avenue.
� Park District of Oak Park, $400,000, to renovate Euclid Square Park on Fillmore Street.
� Park Ridge Park District, $400,000, for the initial development of the Youth Campus Park on Prospect Avenue.
� Sauk Village, $205,000, to renovate Arrowhead Park.
� Winnetka Park District, $398,500, to redevelop Hubbard Woods Park.
DeKalb County
� Genoa Township Park District, $60,600, for enhancements at Chamberlain Park.
DuPage County
� Bloomingdale Park District, $224,000, to enhance Circle Park.
� Butterfield Park District, $750,000, to acquire parcel adjacent to Glenbriar Park.
� Elmhurst Park District, $400,000, to renovate Butterfield Park in southeast Elmhurst.
� Oakbrook Terrace Park District, $400,000, to renovate the Heritage Park site. 
� Glen Ellyn Park District, $400,000, to update recreational and ecological elements of Lake Ellyn Park.
� Itasca Park District, $363,500, to develop the Ray Franzen Bird Sanctuary off Rohlwing Road.
� Medinah Park District, $200,000, to renovate Riha Park, located in the southwestern portion of the District.
� Oak Brook Park District, $400,000, to renovate Central Park.
� Westmont Park District, $400,000, for initial park development of 4.76 acres on Wilmette Avenue. 
� Winfield Park District, $245,200, to renovate 12-acre Wynwood Park. 
Franklin County 
� City of Sesser, $271,000, for improvements to the existing facilities at Miners Memorial Park. 
� Village of Oquawka, $52,700, to install a new playground in the Public Square Park.

Jo Daviess County
� Village of Scales Mound, $46,300, to install new playground equipment and lighting at Town Park.
Kane County
� City of Aurora, $400,000, to create an adventure playground in Phillips Park.
� Hampshire Township Park District, $375,400 to renovate and add new facilities to Bruce Ream Park on the west side of Hampshire.
� Forest Preserve District of Kane County, $568,500, to acquire a 75-acre parcel adjacent to Freeman Kame-Meagher Preserve near Gilberts.
Kankakee County
� Bourbonnais Township Park District, $361,600 to renovate Whispering Willows Park.
Kendall County
� Kendall County Forest Preserve District, $750,000, to acquire 166 acres of property along the Fox River between Silver Springs State Park and Hoover Forest Preserve.
� City of Plano, $202,000, for improvements at Foli Park. 
Lake County
� Lake Bluff Park District, $400,000, to renovate the Blair Park Aquatic Facility.
� Lake County Forest Preserve District, $263,700, to increase recreation opportunities at Spring Bluff Forest Preserve in Winthrop Harbor by converting an existing asphalt road into a gravel hiking trail and constructing a wildlife observation platform.
LaSalle County
� City of Peru, $256,800, for improvements at Washington Park.
� Village of Seneca, $214,700, for Phase I development of a new 14-acre park adjacent to the I&M Canal Trail. 
� Village of Streator, $400,000, for the initial development of the Vermilion Greenway Park.

Logan County
� Mt. Pulaski Township Park District, $303,100, to renovate the District�s pool and construct a new bathhouse and toddler pool at East Park in Mt. Pulaski.
Macon County
� Decatur Park District, $400,000, to renovate Nelson Park on Lake Decatur.
Madison County
� City of Edwardsville, $400,000, for development of a new park on Illinois Route 159. 
McHenry County
� Crystal Lake Park District, $400,000, to renovate and enhance facilities at Main Beach.
Mercer County
� Village of Matherville, $32,700, to develop a new playground at Old School Park.
� City of New Boston, $400,000, to expand the recreational opportunities at the Sturgeon Bay Campground adjacent to the Mississippi River.

Ogle County
� Byron Park District, $298,500, to redevelop and enhance Hamas Park.
� Byron Park District, $46,700, to acquire land along the Rock River.
Peoria County
� Hollis Park District, $149,900, to redevelop Butler-Haynes Park in Mapleton.
� Peoria Park District, $285,000, to construct a skate park at Lakeview Park.
St. Clair County
� East St. Louis Park District, $237,300, to renovate the tennis courts at Lincoln Park.
Stephenson County
� Village of Rock City, $62,300, to add new playground equipment at Rock City Park.
Union County
� City of Anna, $149,600, for improvements to Anna City Park.
Warren County
� City of Monmouth, $360,000, to renovate and add recreation facilities at Citizens Lake, located west of Monmouth.

White County
� City of Grayville, $400,000, to renovate Grayville Park on the Wabash River.
Whiteside County
� City of Rock Falls, $400,000, for initial development of the RB&W District Park on the Rock River. 
Will County
� Channahon Park District, $400,000, to enhance Central Park.
� Frankfort Square Park District $199,000, to redevelop Community Park on St. Francis Road.
� Godley Park District, $400,000, to redevelop K Mine Park.
� Joliet Park District, $750,000, to acquire an 80-acre parcel on Hoberg Road.
� Mokena Park District, $400,000, for the initial development of a portion of McGovney-Yunker Park, at LaPorte & Schoolhouse Roads.
� Romeoville Recreation Department, $400,000, for the initial development of Bigelow Park.
� Village of Shorewood, $400,000, for the initial development of Lake Forrest Park.
� Village of University Park, $225,500, to redevelop 42-acre Pine Lake Park. 
� Forest Preserve District of Will County, $400,000, for the development of 450-acre Plum Valley Preserve. 
� City of Wilmington, $252,100, to acquire 2.5 acres on South Island.
Woodford County
� Village of Congerville, $150,000, to develop the village�s first park site.
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