5 Kane Park Projects Get $2M of $28.9M in Grants Throughout Illinois

5 Kane Park Projects Get $2M of $28.9M in Grants Throughout Illinois

The state of Illinois on Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2019) 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.

And Kane County parks projects will get almost $2 million of that.

According to a state of Illinois news release, five projects in Kane County will receive about $400,000 apiece for upgrades in Aurora, Elburn, Geneva, Hampshire and the Oakhurst Forest Preserve in Aurora Township.

Here are the projects in Kane and the amounts of the grants:

City of Aurora, Increasing Public Use of Wilder Promenade — $365,000

The Wilder Promenade would entail closing North River Street between Vine Street and Park Avenue to create a plaza, according to an article in The Beacon-News.

Village of Elburn, Keslinger and Liberty Community Park Development — $400,000

Geneva Park District, Peck Farm North Development — $400,000

Hampshire Township Park District, Park at Tuscany Woods Development — $400,000

Forest Preserve District of Kane County, Oakhurst Forest Preserve Improvements — $400,000

$28.9 Million in Grants 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).

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. 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


Atkinson, Village of Veterans Memorial Park Project Henry


Aurora, City of Increasing Public Use of Wilder Promenade Kane


Bartlett PD “Free to Be Me” Inclusive Playground Cook


Beardstown, City of Marina Improvements Cass


Buffalo Grove PD Green Lake Park Lake


Bunker Hill, City of Mae Meissner Whitaker Park Improvements Macoupin


Burbank PD Narragansett Park Redevelopment Cook


Butterfield PD Glenbriar Park Phase II Development DuPage


Carlinville Park District Carlinville Public Pool Renovations Macoupin


Champaign County FPD Expanding Accessibility at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve Champaign


Champaign PD Human Kinetics Park Development Champaign


Channahon PD Arroyo Trails Park Development Will


Chicago PD Park 584 – West Pullman community Cook


Chicago PD Park 583 – South Deering community Cook


Chicago PD Park 593 – Albany Park community Cook


Chicago PD Park 585 – Chicago Lawn community Cook


Collinsville, City of Glidden Park Revival Development Madison


Columbia, City of Creekside Park Development Monroe


Cook County Forest Preserve District Creating Nature Based Education/Recreation Campus – Sand Ridge, Shabbona Woods, Green Lake Cook


Danville, City of Historic Ellsworth Park Redevelopment Vermilion


Dieterich, Village of Liberty Memorial Park Improvements Effingham


DuPage County FPD Picnic Pavilion Improvements at St. James Farm Forest Preserve DuPage


Elburn, Village of Keslinger and Liberty Community Park Development Kane


Evanston, City of Harbert Park Renovations Cook


Flagg Rochelle Community PD Spring Lake Park Improvements Ogle


Forsyth, Village of Forsyth Family Sports Park Land Acquisition (LWCF) Macon


Fox Valley PD Backyard Park Development Kane


Geneseo, City of Richmond Hill Park Phase One Redevelopment Henry


Geneva PD Peck Farm North Development Kane


Glen Ellyn PD Ackerman Park Improvements DuPage


Glenview PD Wagner Farm Master Plan Cook


Glenview PD The Grove Land Acquisition (LWCF) Cook


Golf Maine PD Dee Park Redevelopment Cook


Hampshire Township PD Park at Tuscany Woods Development Kane


Hawthorn Woods, Village of Meadowlark Park and Arboretum Development Lake


Hickory Hills PD Kasey Meadow Park Improvements Cook


Hoffman Estates PD South Ridge Community Park and Splash Pad Cook


Joliet PD Grove Road Development Phase 2 Will/Kendall


Kane County FPD Oakhurst Forest Preserve Improvements Kane


Kankakee, City of Kankakee Riverwalk Land Acquisition Kankakee


Keithsburg, City of Keithsburg Riverside Campground Improvements Mercer


Kendall County FPD Pickerill-Pigott Forest Preserve Development Kendall


Lake Barrington, Village of Fetherling Park Development Lake


Lake Forest, City of South Park Improvements Lake


Lake in the Hills, Village of Turtle Island Park Expansion Development McHenry


Macon County CD Rock Springs Conservation Area Cattail Pond Improvements Macon


Memorial PD Development of Eisenhower Park Campus – Bellwood Cook


Metropolis, City of Franklin Park/Metropolis City Pool Improvements Massac


Midlothian PD Bremen Heights Park Redevelopment Cook


Minooka, Village of Aux Sable Springs Park Development Kendall


Mt. Zion, Village of Fletcher Park Splash Pad Development Macon


Mundelein Park and Rec District Clearbrook Park Development Lake


Naperville PD Southwest Community Park Development Will


New Lenox Community PD Leigh Creek South Park at Heather Glen Development Will


Normal, Town of Maxwell Park Improvements McLean


Northfield PD Clarkson Park Improvements Cook


Oak Brook, Village of Sports Core Improvement Plan DuPage


Oak Park Park District Stevenson Park Renovation Cook


Oglesby, City of Senica Square City Park Development LaSalle


Oregon PD Park West Phase Two Development Ogle


Orion, Village of Love Park Addition Henry


Palos Heights, City of Palmer Park Redevelopment <



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