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Governor Quinn Announces $16.5 Million for Local Park and Open Space Projects

Homewood Flossmoor Park District's Dolphin Lake Park

Homewood Flossmoor Park District’s Dolphin Lake Park

Press release from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources:

46 Local Park District Projects Will Expand Outdoor Recreation Opportunities and Promote Healthy Lifestyles 

Governor Pat Quinn  announced [April 5] $16.5 million in investments for 46 local park projects across Illinois. The investments will expand outdoor recreation opportunities in communities across Illinois, and are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure that no child is left inside.

“Parks and outdoor recreational activities help make Illinois a great place to live and work,” Governor Quinn said. “These projects will create jobs, allow more families to get active outdoors and promote healthy lifestyles.”

The projects are funded through the state’s Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development program (OSLAD) and administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Funding recipients are required to contribute at least half of the total project cost, which means that today’s $16.5 million investment will generate more than $33 million of local park development projects and land acquisition across the state…

A [partial] list of this year’s OSLAD grant recipients and project descriptions follows:

Cook County 

Village of Calumet Park, $266,000 for the Veterans Park Development Project. Chicago Heights Park District, $400,000 for Euclid Park. Cook County Forest Preserve District, $904,000 for land acquisition for the Tinley Creek reserve Villa Santa Maria. Dolton Park District, $183,500 for Main Park renovations. Homewood Flossmoor Park District, $400,000 for Dolphin Lake Park. Oak Lawn Park District, $400,000 for Worthbrook Park. Tinley Park Park District, $400,000 for St. Boniface land acquisition.

Will County Manhattan Park District, $216,500 for Central Park. Mokena Park District, $400,000 for Prairie Ridge Park.

Please click here to read the full press release, or here to read a related story in the Southtown Star.

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