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January 22, 2004


SPRINGFIELD, ILL., – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced $23 million in grants for dozens of local park districts to assist them in their efforts to buy land for and develop parks in communities throughout Illinois.
“Parks provide a safe place for parents to take their children to play, exercise, learn about nature and spend time together. They are a focal point and gathering place for many,” the Governor said. “Local communities large and small across Illinois are matching these funds dollar for dollar, demonstrating their commitment to these kinds of projects and the need for natural resource protection and outdoor recreation in their towns.”
Nearly 1,000 acres of land is being acquired for 11 parks with a portion of the funding. Funded projects are as diverse as the communities themselves, some providing passive recreation, while others focus on more active sports. Among the projects are interpretive trails, wildlife observation stations, wetland enhancement and prairie restorations, picnic grounds, playground equipment purchases, in-line skating, skateboarding or roller hockey facilities, soccer and baseball fields, basketball and volleyball courts, swimming pools and fishing piers.
Department of Natural Resources Director Joel Brunsvold, noted the positive impacts local parks provide.
“Local parks are heavily used by families day in and day out. They provide a place for kids to go right in their own neighborhoods,” Brunsvold said. “Communities and park districts are important partners for DNR, providing these recreational opportunities we otherwise couldn’t provide.”
The grants are provided from two sources of funding: Illinois’ Open Space Land Acquisition and Development program and the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund program. Both programs, by law, provide funding for local park projects. Communities are reimbursed for up to half the cost of a project.
Maximum grant awards are $750,000 for acquisition and $400,000 for development projects.  To qualify for a grant, a local agency must show a need and local support for the project, the ability to carry it out, and must have a good record of maintaining other facilities. The project proposals are reviewed and recommended to the Governor by the Natural Resources Advisory Board, a citizen panel.
Local governments interested in applying for grants for the coming year should contact the IDNR Division of Grant Administration, 1 Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL  62702 or call 217/782-7481, TDD 217/782-9175, Ameritech Relay 800/526-0844, or check the IDNR web site at www.dnr.state.il.us/finast.htm.
Editor's note:  A list of grant recipients, funding amounts and project descriptions is attached.
(D) ADDISON PARK DISTRICT  (DuPage Co.) $112,800, to develop a three acre parcel into the first neighborhood park in the area.  Project elements will include a baseball field with backstop, basketball court, shelter, playground, walking trail and multi-purpose soccer area.  The park is located near Rt. 20.  (Contact person: William S. Tookey, 630/833-0100)
(D) ALBANY, VILLAGE OF  (Whiteside Co.) $20,100, to replace unsafe playground
equipment, install additional picnic tables, benches and landscaping. The park is located on IL Route 84.  (Contact person: Randy Whitney, 563/355-1845, ext. 209)
(D) ALGONQUIN, VILLAGE OF (McHenry Co.) $239,000, to develop a new park site at the confluence of Crystal Creek and the Fox River.  Amenities at the site will include a multi-seasonal picnic shelter that will serve as a warming house for ice skating, a playground, fishing stations and a canoe port, interpretive paths and a soccer field.  The park is located on Harrison Street.  (Contact person: William Ganek, 847/931-6125)
(D) ALTON, CITY OF (Madison Co.) $227,900, to revitalize an abandoned park site in an inner city area.  Development will include a skate park, basketball court, playground area, pavilions and pathways. The park is located in the eastern part of town between Union St. and East 7th St.  (Contact person: Amy Sholar, 618/463-3801)
(D) AURORA, CITY OF (Kane Co.) $374,600, to redevelop Solfisburg Park on Ohio Street.  Improvements will include a new restroom building with concession area, new light poles, a walking trail, playground, new dugout and bleacher canopies for the ball fields and landscaping. The park is located on the east side of the city in a Team Illinois area. (Contact person: Jim Pilmer, 630/898-7228)
(D) BELLEVILLE, CITY OF (St. Clair Co.) $54,400, to develop a neighborhood park on North 30th Street.  Improvements will include grading, the installation of an accessible playground, a walking path and landscaping.  (Contact person: Gary Hopfinger, 618/233-1416)
(A) BENSENVILLE PARK DISTRICT (DuPage Co.) $321,000, to acquire 3.86 acres of land formerly used as a greenhouse/nursery site. The site will be developed as open space area with botanical gardens, native plantings, pathways, picnic area and playground.  The park is centrally located within the district on Church Rd.  (Contact person: Michael Benard, 630/766-7015)
(D) BOURBONNAIS TOWNSHIP PARK DISTRICT (Kankakee Co.) $400,000, to initially develop a 70 acre passive are with a walking path, boardwalk and interpretive center.  The park site is located east of Baker Road and south of North Avenue.  (Contact person: Vince Castellanoz 815/933-9905)
(D) BRUSSELS, VILLAGE OF (Calhoun Co.) $23,700, to develop the first park site in the village. Amenities will include two pavilions, playground, walking trail and parking.  The park is located on Main Street.  (Contact person: Mayor Sarah A. Kinder, 618/883-2680)
(D) BUFFALO GROVE PARK DISTRICT (Lake Co.) $369,000, to develop a 6.94 acre site on Aptakisic Road.  Facilities will include a playground, shelter, bocce ball, frisbee golf, basketball court, parking, paths connecting to the bike trail and a learning course for very young bikers.  (Contact person: Mike Rylko, 847/459-5700)
(D) BYRON, CITY OF (Ogle County) $28,500, to develop a 1.8 acre site on Hampton Drive with playground equipment, a shelter and a basketball court.  (Contact person: Sue McLaughlin, 815/234-8709)
(D) CAMPTON TOWNSHIP (Kane Co.) $400,000, to develop a 94 acre site on Beith Road north of Elburn.  Site amenities will include a playground, dog exercise area, fishing pier on the small pond, enhancements to the wetland area, interpretive nature/walking trails, an observation deck, equestrian trails, sled hill and parking.  (Contact person: Neil Anderson, 630/377-5705)
(D) CANTON PARK DISTRICT (Fulton Co.) $400,000, to replace the Big Creek Park swimming pool located off IL. Route 78.  A new 400 bather load swimming pool will be constructed with zero depth entry, a six lane lap pool, bath house, filtration building, concession stand and parking.  Also included will be additional skate ramps for the skate park, basketball courts, inline hockey court and picnic area.  (Contact person: Gary G. Baker, 309/647-1345)
(A) CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT (Cook Co.) $1,150,000, to acquire 1.42 acres located at the northeast corner of S. Sangamon Avenue and W. Adams Street. Future proposed development will include combination little league/softball field and playground to complement a new residential area. (Contact person: Andrea Adams, 312/742-4332)
(D) CHICAGO, CITY OF (Cook Co.) $991,500, to develop a new 4.2 acre park site at 24th and Federal streets.  Facilities include a baseball/soccer field, playlot, natural area, walking paths, lighting, fencing and landscaping. (Contact person: Kathleen Dickhut, 312/744-1074)
(D) COUNTRY CLUB HILLS, CITY OF (Cook Co.) $391,000, to develop a natural area with a 1 ½ mile jogging/walking trail, three fishing ponds with cascading waterfalls, fishing piers and an indoor/outdoor pavilion.  The park is located at 190th Street and Marycrest Drive. (Contact person: Wendy Boston, 708/798-2616)
(D) CRETE PARK DISTRICT (Will Co.) $52,600, to initially develop a 1.5 acre neighborhood park between Williamsburg and Quality Hill subdivisions on Patriot Court. The park will include two play lots with a train theme for two age groups of children, a picnic shelter, walking path and open play area. (Contact person: Pat Polzin, 708/672-6969)                       
(D) DECATUR PARK DISTRICT (Macon Co.) $291,500, to develop a 12 acre site on Mound Street.  Phase I development will include the construction of two regulation size soccer fields and four seeded fields for future development, remodeling of the concession and restrooms in the pavilion and a new modular playground. (Contact person: Jim Kiefer, 217/422-5911)
(D) DES PLAINES PARK DISTRICT (Cook Co.) $400,000, to expand and improve amenities at Prairie Lakes Park on Algonquin Road.  Amenities will include a skate park, BMX trick park, redeveloped sports fields, a new playground, six batting cages and a shelter. (Contact person: John Hecker, 847/391-5700)
(D) EAST PEORIA, CITY OF  (Tazewell Co.) $278,000, to transform a former brownfield into a riverfront park on Riverside Drive on the Illinois River.  Proposed development will include a river overlook,  platforms with interpretive signs, a picnic shelter, playground, fishing and canoe access and a scale model of the Illinois River.  (Contact person: Matt Fick, 309/698-4717)
(D) ELGIN, CITY OF (Kane Co.) $223,200, to develop a new neighborhood park with a playground, shelter, tennis courts, combination ball/soccer field, sand volleyball court, basketball courts and a concrete skate trail.   The park is located at Hatfield Lane and Newbridge Circle just east of Randall Road.  (Contact person: Monica Meyers, 847/931-6125)
(D) EVANSTON, CITY OF (Cook Co.) $277,700, to further enhance Leahy Park.  Enhancements include the renovation of existing playgrounds and tennis courts and the reconstruction of a baseball field.   The park is located in the northern section of town on Lincoln Avenue.  (Contact person: Jessica Bullock, 847/448-8067)
(A) FLAGG-ROCHELLE COMMUNITY PARK DISTRICT (Ogle Co.) $500,000, to acquire 16.43 acres of land that is the site of the Rochelle High School Athletic Field Complex.
Existing facilities are a football field, nine tennis courts, a baseball diamond and a softball diamond.  The site is located on Route 38 in Rochelle.  (Contact person: John Slattengren, 815/562-7813)
(D) FOX VALLEY PARK DISTRICT (Kane Co.) $192,500, to redevelop Farnsworth Park.   Amenities include a new picnic shelter, restrooms, playground, fitness path with exercise stations, sand volleyball, a ballfield and basketball courts.  The park is located off Farnsworth Avenue in a Team Illinois area.  (Contact person: Robert Vaughan, 630/897-0516)
(D) FRANKFORT PARK DISTRICT (Will Co.) $371,000, to further develop Commissioner’s Park with a skate park, water playground, frisbee golf facility, tennis courts, in-line skating hockey area, ½ court basketball pad, ice skating area, an exercise path that links with the community’s trail system, landscaping, paving of the parking lot and entrance road.  The park is located in the eastern part of Frankfort on 80th Avenue.  (Contact person: Jeff Boubelik, 815/469-9400)
(A) FRANKFORT SQUARE PARK DISTRICT (Will Co.) $750,000, to acquire 40 acres of land that currently contains a 9-hole golf course, small clubhouse and parking lot. The property is located on St. Francis Road.   (Contact person: Jim Randall, 815/469-3524)
(D) FRANKLIN PARK PARK DISTRICT (Cook Co.) $76,500, to develop the 0.4 acre Pine Park on Edgington in a high density area.  Development will include a playground, badminton court, permanent outdoor table tennis, native plant demonstration gardens, interpretive stations and amenities.  (Contact person: Joe Modrich, 847/455-2852)
(D) GLENCOE PARK DISTRICT (Cook Co.) $327,600, to redevelop 6.74 acre Shelton Park.  New construction will include a shelter/gazebo and playground area.   Renovation includes the  tennis courts, a section of the Green Bay Bike Trail, a youth play field, the pathway system, and the regrading of native planting area with added interpretive signage.  The park is located on Old Green Bay Road north of Harbor Street.  (Contact person: Rod Aiken, 847/835-3030)
(D) GRANT MEMORIAL PARK DISTRICT (Woodford Co.) $52,000, to further develop Grant Memorial Park, a 8.21 acre site.  Development will include a paved trail, in-line skating rink, playground with a climbing wall, sand volleyball court and renovation of a picnic shelter.  The park is located in the town of Washburn off IL Route 89.  (Contact person: Lisa Mangold, 309/248-7468)
(D) HIGHLAND, CITY OF (Madison Co.) $93,000, to further enhance Glik Park with a large skate park area and a one mile expansion of the existing walking trail.  The park is located in the northwestern part of town, off of Sportsman Road.  (Contact person: Sharon Rusteberg, 618/654-9891)
(D) HOFFMAN ESTATES PARK DISTRICT (Cook Co.) $400,000, to renovate the 10.44 acre Vogelei Park at the corner of Higgins Road and Golf Road.   Further development will include a playground, picnic shelter/gazebo, fishing pier, water play area, sled hill, bicycle safety town, interpretive nature gardens and trails.   (Contact person: Dean Bostrom, 847/885-7500)
(A) KANE COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT, $750,000, to acquire 531 acres southwest of Pingree Grove on Rohrsen Road.  Future development will include habitat restoration, wetland and creek naturalization, an interpretive shelter and trails, equestrian trails and parking.  Contact person: Jon Duerr, 630/232-1242)
(D) KENDALL COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT, $91,000, to develop Maramech Forest Preserve, an 85 acre Illinois State Dedicated Nature Preserve.  Elements to be developed in the buffer area include parking, a picnic/interpretive shelter and trails with interpretive signs/stations.  Additional development within the preserve includes an interpretive trail, overlook/interpretive station and habitat restoration.  The preserve is located south of Plano on Fox River Drive.  (Contact person: Jason Petit, 630/553-4131)
(A) LAKE COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT, $750,000, to acquire 85 acres known as the North Hastings Lake Camp.  The site is located in Lake Villa Township south of Gelden Road and west of Grass Lake Road.   Future development at the site will include trails, picnicking, a winter sports area, fishing and non-motorized boat use.   (Contact person: Thomas Hahn, 847/367-6640)
(D) LAKE COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT, $400,000, to develop Phase I elements at the 350 acre Raven Glen Forest Preserve, located in north central Lake County off of Route 45.  Development will include an entrance road, parking, multi-use trails, fishing piers, picnic areas, a latrine and the restoration of a 27-acre oak woodland.  (Contact person: Susan Hall, 847/367-6640)  
(D) LAKE FOREST, CITY OF (Lake Co.) $189,700, to develop Elawa Farm Park.  Development will include a shelter, playgrounds, ½ basketball court, multi-use fields, horseshoe pits, walkways, drinking fountain and landscaping.  The new site is located north of Route 60 off Waukegan Road.   (Contact person: Fred Jackson, 847/234-6700)
(D) LISLE PARK DISTRICT (DuPage Co.) $185,100, to develop a skate park and four lighted tennis courts at Community Park on Route 53 and Short Street.  (Contact person: Dan Garvy, 630/968-1012)
(D)LOVES PARK, CITY OF (Winnebago Co.) $400,000, to develop a new regional skate park facility and rock climbing wall on two acres to be donated to the City.  The site is adjacent to the Harlem Community Park on Forest Hills Road.  (Contact person: Daniel Jacobson, 815/654-5033)
(A) MANHATTAN PARK DISTRICT (Will Co.) $750,000, to acquire 79.37 acres of the Jackson Creek Greenway.  Future development at the site will  include baseball and soccer fields, shelters and picnic areas, walking paths, a skate park, playground and basketball courts.  The site is located off Route 52, south of Baker Road.  (Contact person: Julie Kurczewski, 815/478-3324)
(D) MARION PARK DISTRICT (Williamson Co.) $208,100, to rehabilitate the existing swimming pool in Ray Fosse Park on Route 13.  Improvements include new guttering, a new liner and dew drop umbrella, piping, deck replacement, filtration, lighting and engineering.  (Contact person: Neil Blankenship, 618/993-3940)
(D)MCHENRY, CITY OF (McHenry Co.) $249,100, to further develop the McCullom Lake waterfront area at Petersen Park.  The plan includes three accessible piers, a shelter, interpretive shoreline trail, parking and site amenities.  (Contact person: Pete Merkel, 815/363-2160)
(D) MCHENRY COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT, $106,000, to develop recreational and educational opportunities at the Elizabeth Lake Conservation Area.  Specific improvements include parking, hiking trails with interpretive signs and a wetland boardwalk around the existing lake.  The site is located off of Lakeview Road in Richmond Township.  (Contact person: John Kremer, 815/338-6223)
(A) MCHENRY COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT, $750,000, to acquire 130 acres of riparian corridor and wetland complex to conserve the greenway along the lower reaches of Nippersink Creek.  The site is located off Route 12 just east of Spring Grove.  (Contact person: John Kremer, 815/338-6223)
(D)MINOOKA, VILLAGE OF (Grundy Co.) $400,000, to develop a 44 acre park site in the Lakewood Trails subdivision off Ridge Road.  Development includes ball and soccer fields, a playground, picnic shelter, fishing piers, a sled hill and nature trails.  (Contact person: James Grabowski, 815/467-3599)
(D)MOLINE, CITY OF (Rock Island Co.) $400,000, to develop new and rehabilitate existing passive and active recreational components in Prospect Park on 16th Street and 31st Avenue.  New development includes fitness trails, interpretive signage and an 18 hole disc golf course.  The Grand Pavilion and the existing pond will be renovated and new lighting, benches and picnic tables will be installed.  (Contact person: Milt Hand, 309/797-0787)
(D)MOUNDS, CITY OF (Pulaski Co.) $35,800, to further develop the one acre Mounds Park site on Elm Street with additional playground equipment, a walking path, exercise stations, pavilion/storage buiding, a drinking fountain, basketball half court and picnic tables.  (Contact person: Grace Richards, 618/745-6114)
(D)MT. AUBURN, VILLAGE OF (Christian Co.) $27,000, to renovate Village Park on Main Street.  Development includes a new pavilion, sand volleyball court and upgrade of the existing bandstand.  (Contact person: Jerry Seymour, 217/676-2006)
(D)MT. PROSPECT PARK DISTRICT (Cook Co.) $363,800, to develop a 4.53 acre site on Hill Street into a neighborhood park and nature center.  Development includes a path system, interpretive signage, picnic shelter, team building course, a playground, parking and  landscaping.  (Contact person: Louis Ennesser, Jr., 847/255-5380)
(D)MT. VERNON, CITY OF (Jefferson Co.) $363,400, to further develop Lincoln Park on Harlan Road.  New facilities will include a lighted baseball field, lighting at two existing ball diamonds,  a multi-use trail, mist station, a playground, sand volleyball and two shelters with grills.  (Contact person: Roy L. Payne, 618/242-6802)
(D)NAPERVILLE PARK DISTRICT (Will Co.) $400,000, to further develop Frontier Park at 95th Street and Route 59.  New facilities include two picnic shelters, a playground, two basketball courts, two bocce ball courts, a restroom building and an outdoor amphitheater.  (Contact person:  Sue Omanson, 630/848-3572)
(D)NEW LENOX COMMUNITY PARK DISTRICT (Will Co.) $175,000, to develop Freedom Park on Charleston Drive in the Liberty Square subdivision.  Development includes a playground, triple basketball court, a picnic shelter, interior trail system, a fishing access and parking.  (Contact person: Greg Lewis, 815/485-3584)
(D)NORTHLAKE, CITY OF (Cook Co.) $229,100, to develop a neighborhood park with the local school and park districts.  Development includes a playground, skate park, a splash fountain, gazebo, picnic tables and landscaping.  (Contact person: Mark Wrzeszcz, 847/823-0500)
(D)OAK BROOK PARK DISTRICT (DuPage Co.) $280,000, to add new recreational elements to Central Park off Jorie Boulevard.  Development includes a splash park, disc golf course, a platform tennis court, interpretive trails, a picnic shelter, horseshoe pits and lights at an existing baseball field.  (Contact person: Tom Suhs, 630/990-4233)
(D)OAK FOREST PARK DISTRICT (Cook Co.) $122,800, to further develop Central Park on Central Avenue.  A new playground, skate park and pathway system will be developed.  (Contact person: William L. Patterson, 708/687-9937)
(D)OSWEGOLAND PARK DISTRICT (Kendall Co.) $320,100, to develop the District’s first community park on the west side of the Fox River on Century Drive.  Development includes four ballfields, two half-court basketball courts, sand volleyball court, roller hockey rink, picnic shelter, pathway system around the site, parking and landscaping.  (Contact person: Grant Casleton, 630/554-1010)
(D)OTTAWA, CITY OF (LaSalle Co.) $174,700, to redevelop Walsh Park on Bellvue Avenue in northeast Ottawa.  New facilities include an interpretive trail, bocce ball and horseshoe courts,  a playground, sand volleyball, two picnic shelters, two backstops and benches.  The existing basketball court will also be renovated.  (Contact person: Douglas Carroll, 815/433-0161)
(D)PEKIN, CITY OF (Tazewell Co.) $400,000, to renovate a brownfield on the Illinois River at Court Street.  The project will provide a fishing pier, interactive water feature, a playground, walking trails, interpretive signage, a plaza area and parking.  (Contact person: Kim Uhlig, 309/477-2300)
(D)PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP PARK DISTRICT (Will Co.) $297,600, to develop the 60 acre Mathers Woods on Renwick Road.  Facilities include picnic areas, shelters with washrooms, walking trails with interpretive signage and parking.  (Contact person: Jerry Culp, 815/436-8812)
(D)RIDGWAY, VILLAGE OF (Gallatin Co.) $29,400, to redevelop facilities at the 12.5 acre park on City Park Road.  Renovation includes the park shelters, restroom facilities, a basketball court, tennis court and entry drive.  (Contact person: Robert Rider, 618/272-8751)
(D)ROMEOVILLE, VILLAGE OF (Will Co.) $251,000, to further develop Volunteer Park located south of Romeo Road and east of Weber Road.  New facilities will include a skate/bike park, picnic area with shelter, horseshoe and bocce ball courts, disc golf course, playground, a water play area and expanded parking.  (Contact person: Steve Gulden, 815/886-6222)
(D)SADORUS, VILLAGE OF (Champaign Co.) $25,200, to construct a new playground at the existing municipal park.  (Contact person: John Deedrick, 217/598-2366)   
(A)SAVOY, VILLAGE OF (Champaign Co.) $550,000, to acquire a 50 acre site on U.S. Route 45 and Church Street.  Future development includes a playground, recreational lake with fishing dock, trails, a pavilion/restroom building, softball/baseball fields, parking and  landscaping. (Contact person: Richard Helton, 217/359-5894)
(D)SHOREWOOD, VILLAGE OF (Will Co.) $363,700, to further develop Four Seasons Park on Seil Road.  Development includes two tennis courts, restroom and concession buildings, picnic shelter, softball field lighting, road improvements and landscaping.  (Contact person: Kurt Carroll, 815/725-2150)
(A)SILVIS, CITY OF (Rock Island Co.) $66,500 to acquire10 acres south of Colona Road and east of 10th Street.  Planned amenities include playground equipment, a picnic shelter, restroom facilities, nature trails and prairie and wildflower plantings.  (Contact person: James Grafton, 309/792-9181)
(D)ST. CHARLES PARK DISTRICT (Kane Co.) $400,000, to develop Campton Hills Community Park on Peck Road.  New facilities include a water playground, basketball courts, a picnic shelter, paths, disc golf course, dog park area, and restoration and interpretation in the large woodland, wetland and prairie complex.  (Contact person: James Breen, 630/584-1055)
(A)ST. JOSEPH, VILLAGE OF (Champaign Co.) $93,800, to acquire 40 acres off Route 150 for a recreation complex.  Future development includes three softball fields, a dual use rollerhockey/basketball court, four baseball fields, football/soccer field, skate board park,  playground, two pavilions with restrooms/concessions and parking.  (Contact person: Kathy McCormick, 217/333-0887)
(D)ST. LIBORY, VILLAGE OF (St. Clair Co.) $240,000, to develop a donated 39 acre parcel located on Baalmann Road.  Development includes three lighted ball diamonds, basketball court, a restroom/concession building, walking trail, picnic shelter and a parking lot.  (Contact person, Phyllis Behrman, 618/768-4366)
(D)STREAMWOOD PARK DISTRICT (Cook Co.) $325,600, to further develop Sunny Hill Park on Irving Park Road.  Development includes two gazebos, a playground, basketball court, pathways, a disc golf course and restroom building.  (Contact person: Diane McCray, 630/372-7275)
(D)TILDEN, VILLAGE OF (Randolph Co.) $47,500, to further develop Tilden Park on St. Louis Avenue with a playground, skate park, picnic tables and grills, a restroom building and parking area.  (Contact person: Willard McBride, 618/587-5191)
(D)TINLEY PARK PARK DISTRICT (Cook Co.) $400,000, to develop the District’s first all purpose sports park at 80th Avenue and Timbers Drive.  Development includes a football field, soccer field, softball field, baseball diamond, playground and a restroom/concession building.  (Contact person: John Curran, 708/342-4200)
(D)VERNON HILLS PARK DISTRICT (Lake Co.) $341,800, to develop Lake Charles Park off Greggs Parkway in the northern section of Vernon Hills.  Amenities include a playground, walking trail, shelter, canoe access, fishing pier, landscaping and parking area.  (Contact person:  Larry DeGraff, 847/996-6930)
(D)WASHINGTON PARK DISTRICT (Tazewell Co.) $196,900, to develop a water play area, picnic shelter, two sand volleyball courts, two playgrounds and a walking trail on 4.87 acres being donated to the District.  The project also includes a connection to the Washington Recreational Trail and a trailhead shelter, bike racks and benches.  (Contact person: Doug Damery, 309/444-9413)
(D)WAUKEGAN PARK DISTRICT (Lake Co.) $179,300, to develop a neighborhood park off Candlestick Way.  Development includes a playground, tennis court, open field play area, sand volleyball, picnic tables and grills, and a loop walking trail with interpretive signage.  (Contact person: Mike Trigg, 847/360-4724)
(D)WILL COUNTY, FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT OF, $400,000, to develop a former quarry on Royce Road in northern Will County.  The 144 acre site contains an 85 acre lake and a boat launch and shoreline fishing access will be developed.  Additional facilities include a loop trail system around the site, picnic facilities and a parking area. (Contact person: Ralph Schultz, 815/727-8700)
(D)WILMINGTON, CITY OF (Will Co.) $62,900, to redevelop Northcrest Park on Joliet Street.  Facilities include a picnic shelter, playground equipment, sand volleyball, shuffle board court, a basketball court, a skate park and parking.  (Contact person: Margaret Tyler, 815/476-2175)
(D)WINCHESTER, CITY OF (Scott Co.) $261,400, to develop Monument Park on Park Street.  New facilities include two tennis and basketball courts and a skate park.  The existing pool and bathhouse will also be renovated and a water slide and aquatic toys added.  (Contact person: Ms. Retha Anders, 217/742-3191)
(D)YORKVILLE, CITY OF (Kendall Co.) $74,000, to develop a neighborhood park on Poplar Drive in a new subdivision west of downtown Yorkville. Development includes a picnic shelter, playground and landscaping.  (Contact person: Laura Brown, 630/553-4341)  
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