Governor Quinn Announces Major Investments for 75 Park Projects Across Illinois
OSLAD Grants Will Support Park and Recreation Projects in 28 Counties
OAK PARK ï¿½ 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. Todayï¿½s announcement is part of Governor Quinnï¿½s agenda to increase recreational opportunities, create jobs and drive Illinoisï¿½ economy forward.
ï¿½Illinoisï¿½ first-rate parks and recreation facilities are good for our families and our businesses,ï¿½ Governor Quinn said. ï¿½By 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 Illinoisï¿½ economy forward.ï¿½
The investments announced today are through the stateï¿½s 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 projectï¿½s funds. Todayï¿½s announcement of $26 million will support more than $52 million in local park development projects and land acquisitions statewide.
ï¿½These programs help protect critical open space in Illinois, especially in areas of the state where development is occurring at a fast pace,ï¿½ IDNR Director Marc Miller said. ï¿½These resources also help communities maintain and modernize facilities they already own, protecting the value of public investments.ï¿½
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 stateï¿½s Real Estate Transfer Tax.
OSLAD/LWCF Project Awards:
ï¿½ Quincy Park District, $30,000, for the development of a skate park at Lincoln Park on Quinsippi Island Road.
ï¿½ Kingsbury Park District, $400,000, to renovate the William S. Wait Pool in Greenville.
ï¿½ Arlington Heights Park District, $400,000, to renovate and add new facilities at Lake Arlington Park.
ï¿½ Berwyn Park District, $87,700, to acquire three parcels for a neighborhood park.
ï¿½ Berwyn Park District, $306,600, to renovate an existing waterway into an educational demonstration garden including a water course for children.
ï¿½ Chicago Park District, $800,000, to develop the Park 571 site on the Chicago River in Bridgeport.
ï¿½ Chicago Park District, $1,500,000, to acquire land located at the west end of the 606 elevated trail.
ï¿½ Des Plaines Park District, $251,100, to renovate Apache Park.
ï¿½ Forest Preserve District of Cook County, $1,063,500, to add nature play and outdoor recreation elements at Dan Ryan Woods.
ï¿½ Park District of Forest Park, $400,000, for the development of Roos Park on Harrison Street.
ï¿½ Park District of Franklin Park, $217,900, to renovate Maple Park.
ï¿½ Golf Maine Park District, $250,000, to renovate Dee Park in the northwest portion of the District.
ï¿½ Community Park District of La Grange Park, $88,900, to renovate Beach - Oak Park on Beach Avenue.
ï¿½ City of Markham, $400,000, to renovate an existing baseball field, parking lot and concession stand on West 163rd Street.
ï¿½ Maywood Park District, $247,400, to renovate Central Area Park at 9th and Madison Avenue.
ï¿½ Memorial Park District, $341,700, to renovate Eisenhower Park on Wolf Road in Hillside.
ï¿½ Mount Prospect Park District, $376,000, to redevelop Einstein Park on Walnut Avenue.
ï¿½ North Berwyn Park District, $400,000, to construct a new aquatic facility on the site of the existing Maple Pool.
ï¿½ Oak Lawn Park District, $400,000, to renovate Centennial Park on Oak Park Avenue.
ï¿½ Park District of Oak Park, $400,000, to renovate Euclid Square Park on Fillmore Street.
ï¿½ Park Ridge Park District, $400,000, for the initial development of the Youth Campus Park on Prospect Avenue.
ï¿½ Sauk Village, $205,000, to renovate Arrowhead Park.
ï¿½ Winnetka Park District, $398,500, to redevelop Hubbard Woods Park.
ï¿½ Genoa Township Park District, $60,600, for enhancements at Chamberlain Park.
ï¿½ Bloomingdale Park District, $224,000, to enhance Circle Park.
ï¿½ Butterfield Park District, $750,000, to acquire parcel adjacent to Glenbriar Park.
ï¿½ Elmhurst Park District, $400,000, to renovate Butterfield Park in southeast Elmhurst.
ï¿½ Oakbrook Terrace Park District, $400,000, to renovate the Heritage Park site.
ï¿½ Glen Ellyn Park District, $400,000, to update recreational and ecological elements of Lake Ellyn Park.
ï¿½ Itasca Park District, $363,500, to develop the Ray Franzen Bird Sanctuary off Rohlwing Road.
ï¿½ Medinah Park District, $200,000, to renovate Riha Park, located in the southwestern portion of the District.
ï¿½ Oak Brook Park District, $400,000, to renovate Central Park.
ï¿½ Westmont Park District, $400,000, for initial park development of 4.76 acres on Wilmette Avenue.
ï¿½ Winfield Park District, $245,200, to renovate 12-acre Wynwood Park.
ï¿½ City of Sesser, $271,000, for improvements to the existing facilities at Miners Memorial Park.
ï¿½ Village of Oquawka, $52,700, to install a new playground in the Public Square Park.
Jo Daviess County
ï¿½ Village of Scales Mound, $46,300, to install new playground equipment and lighting at Town Park.
ï¿½ City of Aurora, $400,000, to create an adventure playground in Phillips Park.
ï¿½ Hampshire Township Park District, $375,400 to renovate and add new facilities to Bruce Ream Park on the west side of Hampshire.
ï¿½ Forest Preserve District of Kane County, $568,500, to acquire a 75-acre parcel adjacent to Freeman Kame-Meagher Preserve near Gilberts.
ï¿½ Bourbonnais Township Park District, $361,600 to renovate Whispering Willows Park.
ï¿½ 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.
ï¿½ City of Plano, $202,000, for improvements at Foli Park.
ï¿½ Lake Bluff Park District, $400,000, to renovate the Blair Park Aquatic Facility.
ï¿½ 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.
ï¿½ City of Peru, $256,800, for improvements at Washington Park.
ï¿½ Village of Seneca, $214,700, for Phase I development of a new 14-acre park adjacent to the I&M Canal Trail.
ï¿½ Village of Streator, $400,000, for the initial development of the Vermilion Greenway Park.
ï¿½ Mt. Pulaski Township Park District, $303,100, to renovate the Districtï¿½s pool and construct a new bathhouse and toddler pool at East Park in Mt. Pulaski.
ï¿½ Decatur Park District, $400,000, to renovate Nelson Park on Lake Decatur.
ï¿½ City of Edwardsville, $400,000, for development of a new park on Illinois Route 159.
ï¿½ Crystal Lake Park District, $400,000, to renovate and enhance facilities at Main Beach.
ï¿½ Village of Matherville, $32,700, to develop a new playground at Old School Park.
ï¿½ City of New Boston, $400,000, to expand the recreational opportunities at the Sturgeon Bay Campground adjacent to the Mississippi River.
ï¿½ Byron Park District, $298,500, to redevelop and enhance Hamas Park.
ï¿½ Byron Park District, $46,700, to acquire land along the Rock River.
ï¿½ Hollis Park District, $149,900, to redevelop Butler-Haynes Park in Mapleton.
ï¿½ Peoria Park District, $285,000, to construct a skate park at Lakeview Park.
St. Clair County
ï¿½ East St. Louis Park District, $237,300, to renovate the tennis courts at Lincoln Park.
ï¿½ Village of Rock City, $62,300, to add new playground equipment at Rock City Park.
ï¿½ City of Anna, $149,600, for improvements to Anna City Park.
ï¿½ City of Monmouth, $360,000, to renovate and add recreation facilities at Citizens Lake, located west of Monmouth.
ï¿½ City of Grayville, $400,000, to renovate Grayville Park on the Wabash River.
ï¿½ City of Rock Falls, $400,000, for initial development of the RB&W District Park on the Rock River.
ï¿½ Channahon Park District, $400,000, to enhance Central Park.
ï¿½ Frankfort Square Park District $199,000, to redevelop Community Park on St. Francis Road.
ï¿½ Godley Park District, $400,000, to redevelop K Mine Park.
ï¿½ Joliet Park District, $750,000, to acquire an 80-acre parcel on Hoberg Road.
ï¿½ Mokena Park District, $400,000, for the initial development of a portion of McGovney-Yunker Park, at LaPorte & Schoolhouse Roads.
ï¿½ Romeoville Recreation Department, $400,000, for the initial development of Bigelow Park.
ï¿½ Village of Shorewood, $400,000, for the initial development of Lake Forrest Park.
ï¿½ Village of University Park, $225,500, to redevelop 42-acre Pine Lake Park.
ï¿½ Forest Preserve District of Will County, $400,000, for the development of 450-acre Plum Valley Preserve.
ï¿½ City of Wilmington, $252,100, to acquire 2.5 acres on South Island.
ï¿½ Village of Congerville, $150,000, to develop the villageï¿½s first park site.
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