Gov. JB Pritzker Friday announced $30.3 million in grants for 87 local park projects that will help communities acquire open space and develop and improve recreational facilities throughout Illinois.
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 (IDNR). OSLAD grants 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 $433.5 million in 1,816 local park projects. The program receives dedicated funding from a percentage of the state’s Real Estate Transfer Tax.
Champaign County Forest Preserve District received $294,000 for the Dark Sky Trail and amenities.
Heyworth's Centennial Park will improve playground equipment after receiving $64,700.
The City of Sullivan received $381,000 for Wyman Park improvements.
Atwood in Piatt County received $15,000 for its COMBO-village park expansion.
And Shelbyville received $324,000 for ballfield enhancement projects.
In a statement Friday, Gov. Pritzker said park projects don’t just create jobs and boost local economic development — they open the gateway for a healthier, happier Illinois. Every family in our state deserves nearby access to outdoor public spaces where they can gather with their friends and neighbors — and enjoy some sunshine, too.