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Pritzker announces grants for Burbank, Pleasant Dale park projects

From staff reports

Gov. JB Pritzker last week announced grants that will be

used to help pay for the redevelopment of Narragansett Park in the Burbank Park

District and redevelopment of Walker Park in the Pleasant Dale Park District.

Both the Burbank Park District project and the Pleasant Dale

project will receive $400,000, the maximum grant allowed, through the state’s

Open Space Land Acquisition and Development program (OSLAD), administered by the

Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The grants are among $28.9 million in grants for 89 local

projects that will help communities acquire open space and develop and improve

recreational facilities throughout Illinois, the governor said.

“Investments in Illinois’ local parks makes it easier for

families and recreation enthusiasts to enjoy our state’s beauty and help their

communities thrive,” Pritzker said. “Parks projects will also create jobs,

providing a boost to local economic development efforts in dozens of

communities and spurring additional investment throughout the state.”

The program will provide more than $28 million to support 87

projects, while two projects will be funded through in the federal Land and

Water Conservation Fund. The grant programs 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 $419.4

million in 1,765 local park projects. The program receives dedicated funding

from a percentage of the state’s Real Estate Transfer Tax.

Also receiving grants were the Hickory Hills Park District

for Kasey Meadow Park improvements, Palos Hills for Pleasure lake recreation

amenities, and Palos Heights for redevelopment of Palmer Lake.

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