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State finally releases grants for local park projects


After lobbying long and hard, area park and forest districts will soon get grant money that has been promised to them since Bruce Rauner first became governor.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently announced that $50 million has been released for both the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grant and the Park and Recreational Facilities Construction grant programs. Rauner suspended all such grants when he took office in January 2015 due to the state’s fiscal crisis…Please click here to read Susan DeMar Lafferty’s story in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

Some of the parks to be funded include:

  1. Homewood-Flossmoor’s Dolphin Lake Park

  2. Crete’s Plum Valley Preserve and Plum Creek Greenway Trail projects

  3. Mokena’s Yunker Farm

  4. Calumet Park’s Veterans Park and Sandridge Community Center

  5. Chicago Heights’ Euclid Park

  6. Markham’s baseball fields, indoor track and field and gymnastics facility

  7. Sauk  Village’s Arrowhead Park

  8. University Park’s Pine Lake outdoor development

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