Governor Pritzker announces $29.7 million in grants for Illinois park projects

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OSLAD grants will support park development and open space land acquisition in 27 counties

information provided by the Office of the Governor

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (January 19, 2020) – Governor JB Pritzker announced this week that $29.7 million in grants for 85 local projects will help communities acquire open space and develop and improve recreational facilities throughout Illinois.

“Investments in local park projects are good for families and recreation enthusiasts, helping them enjoy outdoor activities and making Illinois communities better places to live and work,” Governor Pritzker said. “Parks projects also boost local economic development efforts and spur additional investment throughout the state.”

The grants are funded through the state’s Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) program, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The OSLAD program can provide up to one-half of a project’s funds. When combined with the investment of local matching funds, the grants announced today will support more than $56 million in local park development projects and land acquisitions statewide.

The OSLAD program has invested $403.2 million in 1,729 local park projects since its inception in 1987. The program receives dedicated funding from a percentage of the state’s Real Estate Transfer Tax.

A list of this year’s OSLAD grant recipients and project information is below:

  • Algonquin
    Stoneybrook Park Development Project
    McHenry County
    $400,000.00

  • Arcola
    Arcola Kelly Moore Memorial Park Improvements
    Douglas County
    $400,000.00

  • Arlington Heights Park District
    Recreation Park Master Plan
    Cook County
    $400,000.00

  • Berwyn Park District
    27th Place Park Improvement
    Cook County
    $178,700.00

  • Black Hawk Park District
    Meridian Park Pool Project
    Jo Daviess County
    $400,000.00

  • Bolingbrook Park District
    Century Park Development
    Will County
    $400,000.00

  • Brookfield
    Redevelopment of Candy Cane Park
    Cook County
    $340,000.00

  • Byron Park District
    Donald B. Johnson Riverfront Park Development Project
    Ogle County
    $400,000.00

  • Calumet City
    New Park Development by the River
    Cook County
    $400,000.00

  • Carbondale Park District
    Marberry Arboretum Accessible Trails and Fishing Pier
    Jackson
    $360,000.00

  • Champaign Park District
    Spalding Park Development
    Champaign County
    $347,000.00

  • Chicago Park District
    Jackson Park – Park Redevelopment
    Cook County
    $625,000.00

  • Chicago Park District
    Sherwood Park – Park Redevelopment
    Cook
    $275,000.00

  • Chicago Park District
    Improving Amenities for Outdoor Recreation and Exploration at Big Marsh Park
    Cook County
    $900,000.00

  • Chicago Park District
    La Follette Park – Park Redevelopment
    Cook County
    $302,500.00

  • Chicago Park District
    Murray Park – Park Redevelopment
    Cook County
    $197,500.00

  • Clark County Park District
    Recreation enhancement project
    Clark County
    $224,700.00

  • DeKalb Park District
    Welsh Park
    DeKalb County
    $395,800.00

  • Des Plaines Park District
    Lake Park
    Cook County
    $400,000.00

  • Des Plaines Park District
    Centennial Park Land Acquisition
    Cook
    $112,100.00

  • Downers Grove Park District
    McCollum Park
    DuPage County
    $400,000.00

  • Dundee Township Park District
    Hickory Hills Park
    Kane County
    $363,800.00

  • Effingham Water Authority
    Lake Sara Pearson Peninsula Park Development
    Effingham
    $400,000.00

  • Elburn, Village of
    Elburn Station Unit 1 Park
    Kane County
    $390,900.00

  • Elizabeth, Village of
    Terrapin Park Splash Pad
    Jo Daviess
    $168,200.00

  • Elk Grove Park District
    Hattendorf Park
    Cook County
    $266,800.00

  • Franklin Park Park District
    Timber Park
    Cook County
    $248,200.00

  • Freeport Park District
    Oakdale Nature Preserve Improvements
    Stephenson
    $400,000.00

  • Glen Ellyn Park District
    Newton Park
    DuPage County
    $400,000.00

  • Glencoe Park District
    Lincoln Playground
    Cook County
    $400,000.00

  • Glendale Heights
    Camera Park
    DuPage County
    $400,000.00

  • Godfrey, Village of
    Glazebrook Park Expansion
    Madison County
    $400,000.00

  • Hanover Township
    Izaak Walton Reserve
    Cook County
    $400,000.00

  • Hazel Crest
    175th Street Park
    Cook County
    $396,000.00

  • Highland Park Park District
    Community Park Development
    Lake County
    $400,000.00

  • Highwood
    Everts Park Phase I
    Lake County
    $400,000.00

  • Hinsdale
    Community Pool Redevelopment
    DuPage/Cook County
    $400,000.00

  • Hoffman Estates Park District Inc.
    Birch Park Revitalization Project
    Cook County
    $225,000.00

  • Homewood-Flossmoor Park District
    Homewood Estates Park
    Cook County
    $292,700.00

  • Itasca Park District
    Itasca Waterpark Bathhouse
    DuPage County
    $400,000.00

  • Kinkaid-Reed’s Creek Conservancy District
    Short-Term Camping Facility
    Jackson County
    $400,000.00

  • La Salle
    Rotary Park Expansion Project
    La Salle County
    $400,000.00

  • Lake Zurich
    Paulus Park
    Lake County
    $400,000.00

  • Lockport Township Park District
    Dellwood Park
    Will County
    $400,000.00

  • Lombard Park District
    Four Seasons Park
    DuPage County
    $400,000.00

  • Mahomet
    Mahomet Barber Park Improvements – Phase 1
    Champaign County
    $400,000.00

  • Maywood
    Fred Hampton Pool Renovation Project
    Cook County
    $333,000.00

  • Melrose Park
    Silver Creek Interpretive Trail and Canoe/Kayak Launch
    Cook County
    $163,000.00

  • Mokena Community Park District
    Whisper Creek Park District
    Will County
    $380,000.00

  • Morton Grove Park District
    Austin Park Redevelopment
    Cook County
    $223,700.00

  • New Berlin
    Park Improvements
    Sangamon County
    $300,000.00

  • New Lenox Community Park District
    Sky Harbor Park Development
    Will County
    $400,000.00

  • Nokomis Park District
    Swimming Pool Improvements at Memorial Park
    Montgomery County
    $350,000.00

  • Oak Brook Park District
    Autumn Oaks Property
    DuPage County
    $400,000.00

  • Oak Lawn Park District
    Lawn Manor Park
    Cook County
    $400,000.00

  • Oak Park Park District
    Carroll Park Land Acquisition
    Cook County
    $192,000.00

  • Oak Park Park District
    Rehm Park Improvements
    Cook County
    $400,000.00

  • Olney
    Olney City Park Multi-Use Trail, Road Improvement, Restroom Facility and Pavilion Roof
    Richland County
    $206,700.00

  • Olympia Field Park District
    Sgt. Means Park Phase I
    Cook County
    $175,700.00

  • Oswegoland Park District
    Andover Park Development
    Kendall County
    $376,300.00

  • Ottawa
    Thornton Park
    LaSalle County
    $305,100.00

  • Palatine Park District
    Maple Park
    Cook County
    $400,000.00

  • Park Forest
    Somonauk Nature Adventure Park
    Cook County
    $395,000.00

  • Park Ridge Park District
    Woodland Park Project
    Cook County
    $400,000.00

  • Pekin Park District
    Mineral Springs Park Improvements
    Tazewell County
    $400,000.00

  • Peoria Park District
    Forest Park Nature Center
    Peoria County
    $526,000.00

  • Plainfield Park District
    Eaton Preserve Renovation
    Will County
    $400,000.00

  • River Trails Park District
    Aspen Trails Park
    Cook County
    $400,000.00

  • Riverdale Park District
    Riverdale Park Restoration
    Cook County
    $278,600.00

  • Robbins
    Robbins Community Park
    Cook County
    $220,000.00

  • Rockford Park District
    Keye-Mallquist Park
    Winnebago County
    $275,000.00

  • Rolling Meadows Park District
    Cardinal Drive Inclusive Playground
    Cook County
    $312,600.00

  • Romeoville
    Lake Strini
    Will County
    $382,800.00

  • Roselle Park District
    Odlum Park
    DuPage County
    $177,900.00

  • Round Lake Area Park District
    Sports Center Park
    Lake County
    $400,000.00

  • Salem
    Addy and Friends Inclusive Playground
    Marion County
    $210,700.00

  • Springfield Park District
    Iles Park Redevelopment
    Sangamon County
    $400,000.00

  • Sycamore Park District
    Memorial Park Development
    DeKalb County
    $400,000.00

  • Tinley Park District
    Volunteer Park Renovation Project
    Cook County
    $400,000.00

  • Urbana Park District
    Blair Park Revitalization Project
    Champaign County
    $400,000.00

  • Wamac
    Park Improvement Project
    Marion County
    $138,600.00

  • Waterloo Park District
    Waterloo All Access Splash Pad
    Monroe County
    $400,000.00

  • Waukegan Park District
    Victory Park Reno
    Lake County
    $400,000.00

  • Wenona
    City Park Playground Replacement Project
    Marshall County
    $25,000.00

  • Wheeling Park District
    Childerley Park Development
    Cook/Lake County
    $400,000.00