A $400,000 state grant will allow Presidential Park in Algonquin to build a new playground, challenge course and open-air pavillion.
A $400,000 state grant will allow Presidential Park in Algonquin to build a new playground, challenge course and open-air pavillion.

Algonquin Receives $400,000 State Grant For Presidential Park

Kane County Connects Staff 7/18/2022 8:00AM

Presidential Park in the Village of Algonquin will get a major facelift thanks to a grant from the State of Illinois. ​

The $400,000 Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant will assist in the redevelopment of Presidential Park. The initial phase of improvements at Presidential Park, tentatively scheduled to begin in 2023, will include a new sports-themed playground, updated challenge course and fitness equipment, improved multi-use and soccer fields, and an upgraded open-air pavilion with restroom facilities.

“We are very grateful to receive funding for the improvements at Presidential Park through this very competitive state-wide grant process," stated Debby Sosine, Village President. “The improvements to current amenities and construction of new features at Presidential Park will have a positive, lasting impression on our community as a whole."

Presidential Park was identified as a priority park improvement site by residents and stakeholders in the Village's Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan, which was adopted in 2021.

The local match for the initial phase of improvements at Presidential Park is estimated at $1.8 million, with the OSLAD grant providing an additional $400,000 to the project. Future projects at Presidential Park will consist of baseball field improvements, ballfield storage shelter construction and parking lot renovations.

The OSLAD program is administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and can provide up to one-half of a project's funds to support local park development projects and land acquisitions statewide.​

Presidential Park is located at 700 Highland Avenue in Algonquin. For more information about the improvements at Presidential Park and the Village's park system as a whole, please visit www.algonquin.org/recreation.

 SOURCE:  Village of Algonquin media release.


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