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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 17, 2000

Governor Ryan Announces $17.8 Million in Grants To Acquire and Develop Local Parks

SPRINGFIELD ­­ Governor George H. Ryan today announced $17.8 million in grants for 93 projects throughout the state to create new local parks, to further develop and improve park lands and to preserve natural areas.

"These grants will provide important recreational opportunities and open space for the enjoyment of Illinoisans of all ages in communities of all sizes," Ryan said. "The grants, combined with the matching funding by local sponsors, will result in an investment of more than $35.6 million toward improving the quality of life of our citizens and of future generations."

The 17 land acquisition and 76 outdoor recreation development projects are funded through the state's Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) program, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Eleven of the development projects will create new parks for their communities, with eight of them representing the first recreational park in the area. Forty­five others will provide new playground equipment, while 14 local agencies will receive funding to develop environmental and wetland study facilities. Seven projects will help fund nature and interpretive centers, enhancing environmental education.

The 17 acquisition projects will add nearly 800 acres of local park land to communities receiving grants, while three projects involve donations of new land totaling almost 33 acres for park facilities.

Department of Natural Resources Director Brent Manning said local agencies submitted 174 applications requesting more than $29 million in grant funds.

"The grants are crucial to recreational development in all parts of Illinois," Manning said. "The projects include the kind of close­to­home recreation people are demanding today, including playgrounds, ball fields, trails, picnic shelters, swimming pools, fishing docks and scenic overlooks."

More than $125.3 million has been awarded for nearly 800 local park projects since the OSLAD program was initiated in 1986. The program is funded by a dedicated percentage of the state real estate transfer tax.

To qualify for the grants, agencies must show a need, the project's ability to address outdoor recreation priorities, the ability to carry out the project, and a good record of maintaining other facilities.

Local governments interested in applying for grants for the coming year should contact the IDNR Division of Grant Administration, 524 S. Second Street, Room 315, Springfield, IL 62701­1787 or call 217/782­7481, TDD 217/782­9175, Ameritech Relay 800/526­0844.

A list of grant recipients, funding amounts and project descriptions is attached.

FY 2000 OPEN SPACE LANDS ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

A ­ Acquisition
D ­ Development

(D) ALBION DISTRICT PARK BOARD, (Edwards County), $16,300, to improve recreational opportunities at the 17.5­acre Luthe Park located on Eighth Street in Albion. Improvements include new playground equipment, benches, a sandbox and playhouse. (Contact person: Lisa A. Michels, 618/445­3612).

(D) CITY OF ALEDO, (Mercer County), $46,500, to develop the 1.3­acre Memorial Park located near S.E. Sixth Street and S.E. Fifth Avenue. Development includes the installation of playground equipment, a picnic shelter, a sand volleyball court, a parking lot, walking path and new lighting. (Contact person: Mayor C. William Stancliff, 309/582­7241).

(D) BELVIDERE PARK DISTRICT, (Boone County), $200,000, to develop 20.0 acres of a 90­acre site located at the north edge of Belvidere. Development includes three soccer fields, a parking lot, a shelter, a playground and landscaping. (Contact person: Dan Roddewig, 815/547­5711).

(A) BIG ROCK PARK DISTRICT, (Kane County), $146,000, to acquire 13.8 acres for future development of the District's first public park, known as Big Rock Community Park, located north of Rhodes Street in Big Rock Township. (Contact person: Tom Ludwig, 630/406­1406).

(A) CITY OF BLOOMINGTON, (McLean County), $400,000, to acquire a 30.0­acre site for future development of the Northeast Community Park in Bloomington. (Contact person: Keith Rich, 309/434­2260).

(A) VILLAGE OF BRADLEY, (Kankakee County), $232,700, to acquire 15.0 acres of formerly leased property, which is site of the largest park in the village located on the east side of Bradley. (Contact person: Bruce Adams, 815/939­6098).

(D) CITY OF BREESE, (Clinton County), $143,700, to renovate the existing swimming pool at the 18.7­acre North Park located on north Walnut Street in Breese. Improvements also include new deck equipment, playground safety improvements and exterior pool lighting. (Contact person: Robert Venhaus, 618/526­7731).

(D) VILLAGE OF BUCKINGHAM, (Kankakee County), $10,300, to develop 1.67 acres as the first public park located in the center of the village. Development includes a walking path, picnic pavilion, a basketball court, playground equipment and parking space. (Contact person: Lisa M. Witheft, 815/426­6739).

(D) BURBANK PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $200,000, to redevelop the 9.9­acre Narragansett Park located in the north central portion of the Burbank Park District. Redevelopment includes removal of existing park amenities, installation of a new playground, a soccer field, a skate park, an in­line hockey rink, a 2/3 mile walking/jogging/bike path, a parking lot, landscaping and the renovation of two basketball courts. (Contact person: Mitch Szuberg, 708/599­2070).

(D) BURR RIDGE PARK DISTRICT, (DuPage County), $189,500, for additional recreational development at the 20.0­acre Harvester Park located two blocks east of Madison Street and seven blocks west of County Line Road in the Burr Ridge Park District. Development includes the installation of two volleyball courts, a basketball court, two tennis courts, a restroom/concession/storage/shelter facility, trail head and path to a 17.0­acre wetland, lighting and landscaping. (Contact person: James A. Pacanowski, 630/920­1969).

(D) VILLAGE OF CAHOKIA, (St. Clair County), $200,000, to develop the 22.0­acre Cahokia Park located near I­255 in the south section of Cahokia. This is the only public park in the village. Development includes construction of a soccer field, a pavilion, two playgrounds, a parking lot, two basketball/roller blade courts, a restroom and park pond improvements. (Contact person: Steve Healey, 618/337­9528).

(D) CAMPTON TOWNSHIP, (Kane County), $200,000, to complete development of the 45.0­ acre Campton Community Park located on Brown Road north of Route 64 near St. Charles. Development includes the installation of two tennis courts, a basketball court, a playground, softball field, a parking lot, prairie/wetland restoration, an interpretive trail and picnic area and landscaping. (Contact person: Edward Malek, 630/377­5705).

(D) CAROL STREAM PARK DISTRICT, (DuPage County), $65,200, to develop the 0.5­acre Blue Heron Park located off County Farm Road on Birchbark Trace. This park is adjacent to a 14.0­acre wetland restoration site and development includes an interpretive shelter, paths, a playground and landscaping. (Contact person: Arnie Biondo, 630/665­2311).

(A) CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $750,000, to acquire 4.98 acres at the northwest corner of 18th Street and Wentworth Avenue to expand Ping Tom Park to 17.24 acres. (Contact person: Andrea Adams, 312/745­2155).

(D) CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $250,000, to develop 2.8 acres of Origins Park to construct a visitor center on the west side of the park along Ashland Avenue in the Bridgeport area. The visitor center will consist of restrooms, a sheltered area and an orientation room. (Contact person: Andrea Adams, 312/745­2155).

(A) CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $275,000, to acquire 2.78 acres north of the 3.5­acre Park 386 for future park expansion located at South Birkoff Avenue on Chicago's south side. (Contact person: Andrea Adams, 312/745­2155).

(D) CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $700,000, to develop 2.82 acres of the West Chatham Park located on the south side of Chicago. Development includes the demolition of the existing spray pool, the installation of a new interactive spray pool, fencing and landscaping. (Contact person: Andrea Adams, 312/745­2155).

(A) TOWN OF CICERO, (Cook County), $400,000, to acquire 3.15 acres to be combined with 2.81 acres for the future development of a 6.0­acre community park site located southeast of 21st Street and 47th Avenue in Cicero. (Contact person: Betty Loren­Maltese, 708/656­3600).

(D) CLYDE PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $200,000, to improve the 3.74­acre Clyde Park located on South 61st Avenue in Cicero. Improvements include the construction of a senior citizen's area, a multipurpose playfield, a 1/4 mile walking/jogging path, upgrading of the existing wading pool, installation of two water feature facilities, lighting and landscaping. (Contact person: Lucy Schmidt, 708/652­3545).

(D) CITY OF COLUMBIA, (Monroe County), $81,500, to develop 1.76 acres known as Library Park located one block north of Main Street in Columbia. Improvements include resurfacing the existing tennis and basketball courts, construction of a parking lot, two pavilions, two playgrounds, a walking path, restrooms and landscaping. (Contact person: Mike Hemmer, 618/281­7144).

(A) COOK COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT, $600,000, to acquire the 40.0­acre Wentworth Prairie, a natural area located along the Burnham Greenway in southeast Cook County. (Contact person: David H. Kircher, 708/771­1172).

(A) COOK COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT, $300,000, to acquire 10.0 acres adjacent to the Camp Sagawau Canyon Nature Preserve located near Lemont in southwest Cook County. This property is the unprotected and threatened portion of an Illinois Natural Area Inventory site that extends south from the nature preserve site. (Contact person: David H. Kircher, 708/771­1172).

(D) COOK COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT, $242,500, to develop the 43.0­acre Youngblood Addition at Baker's Lake Preserve bordered on the north by the Northwest Highway and on the south by Dundee Road. Development includes prairie restoration, barrier planting, a nature trail, wetland boardwalk, a parking lot and an entrance drive. (Contact person: David H. Kircher, 708/771­1172).

(D) CITY OF COUNTRYSIDE, (Cook County), $200,000, to redevelop the 11.2­acre Finn Park located two blocks east of Brainard Avenue in Countryside. Redevelopment includes refurbishing the existing baseball, soccer, tennis, basketball, and children's playground facilities. New facilities to be development include an in­line skating and skateboard area, a loop trail with fitness stations, sand volleyball, gazebos and restroom facilities. (Contact person: Susan E. Wilson, 708/482­3645).

(D) VILLAGE OF CRESCENT CITY, (Iroquois County), $200,000, to develop a new community park on 4.7 acres located on the east side of Crescent City. Development will include a pavilion, restroom/concession/storage building, walking paths, a playground, sand volleyball court, a multipurpose area, a parking lot and landscaping. (Contact person: James Ward, 815/683­2739).

(A) DARIEN PARK DISTRICT, (DuPage County), $400,000, to acquire 10.5 acres south of 83rd Street on Beller Road. Future development includes soccer fields, a playground, an interior multi­purpose pathway and a link to the Woodward Trail for Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve access. (Contact person: Claudia Krueger, 630/655­6408).

(D) VILLAGE OF DAVIS JUNCTION, (Ogle County), $200,000, to further develop the 53.0­acre Davis Junction Park located at the northwest junction of Lincoln Avenue and Elm Street in Davis Junction. Development will include a baseball diamond, lighting, a recreation path, parking lot and road, a shelter, three basketball courts, two soccer fields and a playground. (Contact person: Todd Weggens, 815/394­4700).

(D) DECATUR PARK DISTRICT, (Macon County), $200,000, to develop the Sangamon River Greenway within the 99.0­acre Lincoln Park located north of the Sangamon River in Decatur. Development will include construction of a 1.13­mile river access trail, a canoe/kayak launch, two picnic areas/overlooks, improvements to a fishing area, renovation of a baseball field, lighting, parking lots and landscaping. (Contact person: Garry D. Little, 217/422­5911).

(A) VILLAGE OF DEER PARK, (Lake County), $351,800, to acquire 11.0 acres at Vehe Farm Community Park located north of Lake County Forest Preserve District's Ela Marsh property. Future plans are for the development of outdoor recreational facilities including the village's first soccer field. (Contact person: Stacy Rubin Silver, 312/443­1744).

(D) DEERFIELD PARK DISTRICT, (Lake County), $200,000, to further develop 9.3­acre Jayee Memorial Park located on Wilmot Road in Deerfield. Development will include construction of a shelter/restroom/warming house, expansion of the playground, the community's first pet exercise area, an ice skating area and landscaping. (Contact person: Linda Gryziecki, 847/945­0650).

(D) ELBA­SALEM PARK DISTRICT, (Knox County), $141,500, to redevelop the 3.09­acre Harvest Home Park located north of Canton Avenue and west of Marietta Street in Yates City. Redevelopment will include a new playground, two ball diamonds, replacement of fencing, two ball diamonds, a basketball court, walking path, surfacing of the parking area and development of a butterfly garden. (Contact person: Tom Boyer, 309/358­1210).

(D) VILLAGE OF ELBURN, (Kane County), $200,000, to develop the first community park known as Fairfield Community Park located on 3.5 acres north of North Street and east of Dempsey Drive in Elburn. Development will include a pavilion, play equipment, a timber bridge, a pathway, lighting and landscaping. (Contact person: David B. Morrison, 630/365­5060).

(D) VILLAGE OF FLANAGAN, (Livingston County), $14,200, to develop the 4.3­acre Legion Park located north of Rt. 116 in Flanagan. Development will include a walking path, fishing dock and play equipment. (Contact person: Paul Ingold, 815/796­4492).

(D) FOX VALLEY PARK DISTRICT, (Kane County), $200,000, to develop the 7.0­acre North Aurora Park located less than one mile north of the intersection of I­88 Tollway and Orchard Road in Aurora. Development will include two ball fields, a shelter, play equipment, a sand volleyball court, an exercise trail, multi­purpose court and landscaping. (Contact person: Bob Vaughn, 630/897­0516).

(D) VILLAGE OF FRANKFORT, (Will County), $200,000, to develop the 14.3­acre Frankfort Prairie Park located in Frankfort, north of the Old Plank Road Trail. Development will include construction of a fishing pond, a walking path, pedestrian bridges and boardwalks, a shelter, education stations and landscaping. (Contact person: Paula J. Wallrich, 815/469­2177).

(D) GENEVA PARK DISTRICT, (Kane County), $136,800, to develop the 1.0­acre River Trail Canoe Park located north of the Illinois Rt. 38 bridge on the east side of the Fox River. Development will include two portage stations, a dam overlook with shelter, shoreline stabilization and fishing stations, interpretive signs and landscaping. (Contact person: Steve Persinger, 630/232­4542).

(D) VILLAGE OF GLADSTONE, (Henderson County), $14,000, to further develop the 1.5­acre Gladstone Community Park located on Elm Street one block west of Main Street (Hwy. 164) in Gladstone. Development will include play equipment, a shelter, path and parking facilities. (Contact person: Joyce Hetrick, 309/627­2912).

(D) GLENVIEW PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $200,000, to develop the 37.5­acre Community Park West located along Milwaukee Avenue in Glenview. Development will include five soccer fields, two football fields, five ballfields, a shelter/restroom, a day camp shelter with restrooms, a playground, a basketball court, habitat restoration, an interpretive trail and a skate park. (Contact person: Tom Richardson, 847/657­3215).

(A) VILLAGE OF GODFREY, (Madison County), $270,500, to acquire 96.0 acres for future development of Vista Community Park located on Illinois Rt. 3 in Godfrey. (Contact person: George Bryant, 618/466­1483).

(D) CITY OF GOLCONDA, (Pope County), $96,000, to construct a 0.25­mile trail and pedestrian/bike bridge over Lusk Creek providing access to and from Columbus Street, to Dam House Road and the Golconda Marina in Golconda. (Contact person: Kimberly Watson, 618/252­7463).

(D) GURNEE PARK DISTRICT, (Lake County), $200,000, to develop the 34.0­acre Hunt Club Community Park located along Hunt Club Road in Gurnee. Development will include a pond overlook/fishing station, a 1.0­mile bike trail, a sand volleyball/ice skating area, a multi­court for roller/ice hockey and bike­trike course, a shelter/restroom, landscaping and a sprayground pool, which is the only outdoor water facility in Gurnee. (Contact person: Chuck Balling, 847/623­7788).

(D) CITY OF HARVARD, (McHenry County), $200,000, to construct a new aquatic center in the 12.0­acre Lions Park, located on Galvin Parkway in Harvard. Development will also include the construction of a bath house and parking lot. (Contact person: David Nelson, 815/943­6468).

(D) HARVEY PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $71,250, to renovate sports fields at the 10.0­acre Holmes Park Sports Complex located in Harvey approximately one mile north of I­294. Renovation will also include repairs to the concession building, construction of a walking path and the installation of playground equipment. (Contact person: Rose McGill, 708/331­3857).

(D) HAVANA PARK DISTRICT, (Mason County), $100,000, to develop the 17.0­acre Scarborough Park site located on the northeast edge of Havana on Franklin Street. Development will include three ball fields, an archery range, a roadway and landscaping. (Contact person: Gary A. Jacobs, 309/699­6454).

(D) VILLAGE OF HAWTHORN WOODS, (Lake County), $200,000, to complete development of the 27.0­acre Community Park located on the north side of Old McHenry Road at Quentin Road in Hawthorn Woods. Development will include a path, two tennis courts, a basketball court, a center plaza, a shelter/restroom and landscaping. (Contact person: John M. Kalmar, 847/540­5225).

(D) HOFFMAN ESTATES PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $80,000, to develop the 0.5­ acre Field Park located north of Golf Road on Highland Boulevard in Hoffman Estates. Development will include a gazebo shelter, horseshoe pits, walkways and gathering area, a butterfly garden and landscaping. (Contact person: Dean Bostrom, 847/885­7500).

(D) VILLAGE OF KAMPSVILLE, (Calhoun County), $99,900, to develop 2.0 acres of the 14­ acre Riverfront Park located adjacent to the Illinois River in Kampsville. Development will include a playground, two basketball goals, a shelter, walkway and a restroom facility. (Contact person: Ted Schumann, 618/653­4421).

(D) KANKAKEE RIVER VALLEY FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT, (Kankakee County), $44,200, to construct a parking lot and walking path on the 30.0­acre Waldron Road Arboretum located 1.5 miles southeast of Kankakee. (Contact person: Paul Tolly, 815/935­5630).

(D) CITY OF KEITHSBURG, (Mercer County), $15,000, to expand and improve the 10.81­ acre campground located on the southwestern edge of Keithsburg. Development will include construction of 40 new camp sites, 20 camper pads, a shelter and a volleyball area. (Contact person: Terri Gibson, 309/374­2311).

(A) LAKE COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT, $400,000, to acquire 94 acres expanding the Fourth Lake Preserve to 318.56 acres adjacent to Illinois Rt. 132 in Lake Villa Township. (Contact person: Michael J. Fenelon, 847/367­3692).

(A) CITY OF LASALLE, (LaSalle County), $76,000, to acquire 3.8 acres for the future development of Grant Street Park located in the northeastern section LaSalle. (Contact person: Nora Fesco­Ballerine, 815/875­3396).

(D) VILLAGE OF LIBERTYVILLE, (Lake County), $186,300, to enhance the 58.4­acre Butler Lake Park located in Libertyville and bordered on the south by Butler Lake. Enhancement will include a canoe launch, a pier, a shelter, a nature trail, a path, landscaping and refurbishing the band shell and warming house washroom facilities. (Contact person: Randy Reopelle, 847/362­2430).

(D) LOCKPORT TOWNSHIP PARK DISTRICT, (Will County), $200,000, to renovate the existing 1.0­acre Chaney Pool site located adjacent to Chaney­Monge School in Crest Hill. Project components include the renovation of the bathhouse, new fencing, renovation of a slide, water play area, pool accessories and a parking lot with basketball and volleyball court markings. (Contact person: William W. Blogg, 815/838­1183).

(D) MARKHAM PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $200,000, to improve the 14.0­acre Roesner Park located between I­57, I­80 and I­294 in Markham. Development will include a jogging path, shelter, two playgrounds, six basketball goals, ballfield renovation and landscaping. (Contact person: Ray Jones, 708/596­3366).

(D) CITY OF MARQUETTE HEIGHTS, (Tazewell County), $67,500, to further develop the 44.43­acre Independence Park located off LaSalle Street in Marquette Heights. Development will include a pavilion, playground and a recreational trail. (Contact person: Barbara E. Perry, 309/676­7500).

(A) VILLAGE OF MELROSE PARK, (Cook County), $400,000, to acquire 1.16 acres for future development of the Melrose Park Sports & Fitness Field located north of Lake Street in Melrose Park. (Contact person: Donna Peluso, 708/343_4000).

(D) MIDLOTHIAN PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $75,000, to redevelop the 29.0­acre Memorial Park located at the northeast corner of Midlothian. Development will include new playground equipment, a pavilion, a batting cage and walking path. (Contact person: Evelyn Gleason, 708/371­6191).

(D) CITY OF MORRISON, (Whiteside County), $36,000, to improve the 12.4­acre Water Works Park located northeast of Rock Creek in Morrison. Improvements include construction of a shelter, playground equipment, a walking path and ballfield lighting. (Contact person: Joe Woith, 815/772­7657).

(D) MOWEAQUA TOWNSHIP PARK DISTRICT, (Shelby County), $200,000, to develop a new park known as Moweaqua Park "North" on a 20.0­acre site located across from the community high school and near the elementary school in Moweaqua. Development will include installation of ball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, a parking lot, a restroom/concession building, a nature/jog trail, playground equipment and landscaping. (Contact person: Mary Aylmer, 217/768­5599).

(D) CITY OF MT. VERNON, (Jefferson County), $200,000, to develop the new Lincoln Park, located on a 25.0­acre site in the southwest section of Mt. Vernon. Development will include installation of four baseball fields, three soccer fields, a concession stand and a parking lot. (Contact person: Roy L. Payne, 618/242­6802).

(D) NEW LENOX PARK DISTRICT, (Will County), $100,000, to develop the 12.7­acre Sharon's Bay Park located near the intersection of Bluestone Bay Drive and Westwind Drive in the Bluestone Bay subdivision south of U.S. Route 30 in New Lenox. Development will include a shelter, two tennis courts, a playground area, an interpretive trail, an open play area, a wetland restoration area and a parking lot. (Contact person: William McCollum, 815/485­3584).

(D) NORTH BERWYN PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $77,700, to develop the 0.14­acre Kenilworth Park located between 13th Street and Roosevelt Road, just east of Kenilworth Avenue in Berwyn. Development will include a shelter, a playground, walkways and landscaping. (Contact person: Patrick J. Ryan, 708/749­4900).

(D) OAK LAWN PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $200,000, to replace the existing Memorial Park wading pool located on a 1.0­acre site at the corner of 102nd Street and Major Avenue in Oak Lawn. Other development will include a deck around the wading pool, water toys and landscaping. (Contact person: Joel Craig, 708/857­2201).

(D) VILLAGE OF OKAWVILLE, (Washington County), $56,800, to further develop the 18.0­ acre OCYA (Okawville Community Youth Association) Park located at the north end of Henrietta Street in northwest Okawville. Development will include a tennis court, a roller hockey rink/basketball court, a soccer/flag football field, a walking trail, shelters and a parking lot. (Contact person: Jeff Rabenort, 618/243­5291).

(D) VILLAGE OF ONARGA, (Iroquois County), $200,000, to replace the existing pool with a new pool, a new wading pool, a new deck, renovation of the bathhouse, a new water slide, and landscaping at the 18.0­acre Durham Park located on the northwest side of Onarga. (Contact person: Kirk Lockhart, 815/268­4711).

(D) OSWEGOLAND PARK DISTRICT, (Kendall County), $200,000, to develop the 4.0­acre riverfront community park and bridge along the Fox River and the Waubonsie Creek, near downtown Oswego. Development will include a parking lot, canoe/small boat access site, a jogging/walking trail, two fishing access areas, an ice skating area, a bandshell, two shelters, a facility building/restroom, two pedestrian bridges and a playground. (Contact person: Grant A. Casleton, 630/554­1010).

(D) CITY OF OTTAWA, (LaSalle County), $74,200, to develop a 2.2­acre site to expand Allen Park located along the Illinois River. Development will include a trail, a toboggan run, an overlook, shoreline protection, a parking area, a shelter, two fishing access areas and a parking lot. (Contact person: J.R. Novotney, Jr., 815/433­2080).

(D) VILLAGE OF PARK FOREST, (Cook County), $110,000, to develop the 90.0­acre Central Park located near Orchard Dr. and Lakewood Blvd. in downtown Park Forest. Development of the south 30 acres of Central Park will include new playground equipment, a walkway, renovation of the restroom and pavilion facilities and landscaping. Development of the north 60 acres of Central Park involves the restoration of a former wetland and installation of environmental education devices. (Contact person: John F. Joyce, 708/748­2005).

(D) CITY OF PEKIN, (Tazewell County), $200,000, to construct a plaza­style pier facility on a 0.5­acre site which is part of the 3.0­acre riverfront recreational area located between Court Street and Margaret Street on the Illinois River west of downtown Pekin. Construction will also include a gazebo shelter, a pedestrian bridge, floating docks and walkways. (Contact person: Ed Basch, 309/477­2319).

(D) PEORIA PARK DISTRICT, (Peoria County), $200,000, to develop the 44.0­acre Charter Oak Park and Lake, located near Illinois Rt. 74, I­474 and War Memorial Drive in Peoria. Development will include a canoe launch, two fishing piers, playground equipment, two shelters, a soccer field, a softball field, a multi­play court and landscaping. (Contact person: Bonnie Noble, 309/682­1200).

(D) PLEASANT DALE PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $200,000, to develop the 44.0­ acre Walker Park and Flagg Creek area located south of I­90 on Wolf Road in Burr Ridge. Development will include the District's first interpretive nature trails, nature trail decks, bike/hiking trails, creekside trail node/fishing stations, habitat restoration, a canoe launch, a play area, a day camp/picnic shelter, tennis courts, a basketball court, sand volleyball, an ice skating area, a skating warming house and landscaping. (Contact person: Denise Will, 630/662­6220).

(D) CITY OF RED BUD, (Randolph County), $165,000, to further develop the 19.0­acre Lincoln Park located on West South 4th Street in Red Bud. Development will include restroom facilities, walkways, a pavilion, play areas, a parking area and sports fields. (Contact person: Mary Hamilton, 618/282­2315).

(D) RIVER FOREST PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $200,000, to redevelop the 1.8­acre Washington Commons Park located north of Washington Boulevard across from Washington Square Park in River Forest. Redevelopment will include new play equipment, a shelter, ballfields, a soccer field, walking/jogging paths and landscaping. (Contact person: Patrick E. Deady, 708/366­6660).

(D) SCHAUMBURG PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $136,000, to develop 2.75 acres along the Salt Creek greenway between Higgins Road and Schaumburg Road. Development will include construction of a 1.0­mile interpretive trail along the existing bike trail, a canoe drop, a playground, fishing stations/trailhead rest stop and a shelter. (Contact person: Jerry Handlon, 847/985­2115).

(D) VILLAGE OF SHOREWOOD, (Will County), $200,000, to develop the first community park to be known as Four Seasons Park, a 45.0­acre site located on Seil Road in Shorewood. Development will include a walking/jogging path, a play area, tennis court, basketball court, sled hill, a parking area and landscaping. (Contact person: Gary Holmes, 815/725­2150).

(A) VILLAGE OF SIDNEY, (Champaign County), $74,000, to acquire 46.0 acres of currently leased property for future development of Witt Park, located on Witt Park Road in Sidney. (Contact person: Robert Morris, 217/328­3313).

(D) SOUTH SUBURBAN C.O.R.P.S., (Cook County), $93,000, for an innovative effort sponsored by several agencies in Chicago's southern suburbs to develop 3.0 acres for recreation. Development will include the installation of new playground equipment at Marycrest Park in Country Club Hills, Dolton Park in Dolton, Cherry Creek Park in Hazel Creek, Countryaire Park in Markham, Harper Park in Phoenix and Memorial Park in Robbins. (Contact person: Brian Sullivan, 708/799­8171).

(D) SPRINGFIELD HOUSING AUTHORITY, (Sangamon County), $113,800, to develop a new park site on 2.51 acres known as Madison Park Place Commons, located north of Madison Street on the east side of Springfield. Development will include a memorial plaza, a spray fountain, a walkway, lighting and a landscaped open space area. (Contact person: Mike Lelys, 217/753­5757).

(D) SPRINGFIELD PARK DISTRICT, (Sangamon County), $200,000, to further develop the 190.2­acre City­Wide park site west of Lenhart Road and north of Bunker Hill Road on the west side of Springfield. Development will include a parking lot, multi­purpose trails, four shelters, two tennis courts, two ball fields, a skate facility and landscaping. (Contact person: Michael Schneider, 217/544­1751).

(D) ST. CHARLES PARK DISTRICT, (Kane County), $200,000, to develop the 55.0­acre Eastside Sports Complex located on Kirk Road south of Route 64 in St. Charles. Development will include four ballfields, a playground, two basketball courts, a shelter/restroom/concession facility, and interior paths and walkways. (Contact person: James O. Breen, 630/584­1055).

(D) ST. CLAIR COUNTY, $200,000, to further develop the 80.28­acre St. Ellen Recreation Complex located along Old Collinsville Road and Lincoln Trail in O'Fallon. Development will include a parking lot, recreational trails, a restroom/maintenance facility, a boat ramp and security lighting. (Contact person: Kenneth Hise, 618/277­6790).

(D) VILLAGE OF STICKNEY, (Cook County), $144,900, to develop a new park site on the former 1.9­acre Haley School property located between 40th and 41st Street in Stickney. Development will include restroom facilities, a shelter, four basketball courts, a parking lot, a decorative fountain and landscaping. (Contact person: Peter A. Felice, 708/447­1090).

(D) VILLAGE OF SUGAR GROVE, (Kane County), $200,000, to develop the 25.9­acre Sugar Grove Park, located along Dugan Road in Sugar Grove. Development will include a parking lot, four baseball/softball fields, two soccer fields, a concession/restroom facility, a shelter, playground and landscaping. (Contact person: John E. Morris, 630/466­4507).

(D) TINLEY PARK PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $200,000, to further develop the District's 53.0­acre community park located at 171st Street and 80th Avenue in Tinley Park. Development will include two tennis courts, two basketball courts, three volleyball courts, two playgrounds, lighting and landscaping. (Contact person: John Curran, 708/532­8698).

(D) VERNON HILLS PARK DISTRICT, (Lake County), $200,000, to complete development at the 9.8­acre Grosse Point Community Park located in the Grosse Pointe Village subdivision in the Vernon Hills Park District. Development will include a basketball court, a parking lot, a tennis court, restroom/concession facility, a walking trail and connection, a playground and landscaping. (Contact person: Larry A. DeGraaf, 847/367­7270).

(D) WARREN TOWNSHIP, (Lake County), $200,000, to further develop the Warren Teen and Family Center at a 78.0­acre site located at Washington Street and Almond Road in Warren Township. Development will include a skate trail, a shelter, bike trail connections, a sand volleyball court and a fishing deck. (Contact person: Suzanne Simpson, 847/244­1101).

(D) WAUKEGAN PARK DISTRICT, (Lake County), $119,800, to develop the 14.4­acre Rudd Farm Park located on the southwest side of Waukegan. Development includes a walking/jogging path, a play area, a basketball court, a tennis court, a shelter, interpretive signage and landscaping. (Contact person: Cameron Bettin, 847/360­4725).

(D) WHEATLAND TOWNSHIP, (Will County), $200,000, to develop the first community park on a 5.05­acre site located on West 127th Street in Plainfield. Development will include a loop walking trail, a parking lot, a basketball court, play equipment, a shelter, soccer fields, interpretive signs and native prairie landscaping. (Contact person: James Sapitro, 630/851­3952).

(A) WHEATON PARK DISTRICT, (DuPage County), $298,300, to acquire 2.5 acres that are contiguous to the Wheaton Park District's Lincoln Marsh Natural Area and which will provide links to the Winfield Creek Greenway. The property will be the future site for a wetland education center. (Contact person: Kenneth Kutska, 630/871­2857).

(D) WHEELING PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $188,900, to renovate the 5.0­acre Husky Park located on Lee Street in Wheeling. Renovation will include a wetland area, a playground, walkways, a basketball court, fencing and landscaping. (Contact person: Karop T. Bavougian, 847/465­7762).

(D) WILL COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT, $200,000, to develop the Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve and Copley Nature Park sites adjacent to the 815.0­acre Lake Renwick Preserve near Plainfield. Development includes parking lots, viewing blinds, pathways, shelters, interpretive exhibits, viewing scopes and landscaping. (Contact person: Marcella M. DeMauro, 815/727­8700).

(D) VILLAGE OF WILLOW SPRINGS, (Cook County), $200,000, to redevelop the 6.0­acre Lions Park, located on Archer Avenue and Park Street in Willow Springs. Redevelopment includes a tennis court, a multi­use surface, a pathway system, playground areas, ballfield improvements, restroom facilities, fencing, a shelter and landscaping. (Contact person: Terry Carr, 708/839­2701).

(A) WINNEBAGO COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT, $400,000, to acquire an additional 412.0 acres adjacent to Seward Bluffs Forest Preserve for the future construction of a recreational lake to be located two miles south of Pecatonica. (Contact person: Tom Hartley, 815/877­6100).

GOVERNOR RYAN ANNOUNCES $17.8 MILLION IN GRANTS TO ACQUIRE AND DEVELOP LOCAL PARKS

SPRINGFIELD ­­ Governor George H. Ryan today announced $17.8 million in grants for 93 projects throughout the state to create new local parks, to further develop and improve park lands and to preserve natural areas.

"These grants will provide important recreational opportunities and open space for the enjoyment of Illinoisans of all ages in communities of all sizes," Ryan said. "The grants, combined with the matching funding by local sponsors, will result in an investment of more than $35.6 million toward improving the quality of life of our citizens and of future generations."

The 17 land acquisition and 76 outdoor recreation development projects are funded through the state's Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) program, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Eleven of the development projects will create new parks for their communities, with eight of them representing the first recreational park in the area. Forty­five others will provide new playground equipment, while 14 local agencies will receive funding to develop environmental and wetland study facilities. Seven projects will help fund nature and interpretive centers, enhancing environmental education.

The 17 acquisition projects will add nearly 800 acres of local park land to communities receiving grants, while three projects involve donations of new land totaling almost 33 acres for park facilities.

Department of Natural Resources Director Brent Manning said local agencies submitted 174 applications requesting more than $29 million in grant funds.

"The grants are crucial to recreational development in all parts of Illinois," Manning said. "The projects include the kind of close­to­home recreation people are demanding today, including playgrounds, ball fields, trails, picnic shelters, swimming pools, fishing docks and scenic overlooks."

More than $125.3 million has been awarded for nearly 800 local park projects since the OSLAD program was initiated in 1986. The program is funded by a dedicated percentage of the state real estate transfer tax.

To qualify for the grants, agencies must show a need, the project's ability to address outdoor recreation priorities, the ability to carry out the project, and a good record of maintaining other facilities.

Local governments interested in applying for grants for the coming year should contact the IDNR Division of Grant Administration, 524 S. Second Street, Room 315, Springfield, IL 62701­1787 or call 217/782­7481, TDD 217/782­9175, Ameritech Relay 800/526­0844.

A list of grant recipients, funding amounts and project descriptions is attached.

FY 2000 OPEN SPACE LANDS ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

A ­ Acquisition
D ­ Development

(D) ALBION DISTRICT PARK BOARD, (Edwards County), $16,300, to improve recreational opportunities at the 17.5­acre Luthe Park located on Eighth Street in Albion. Improvements include new playground equipment, benches, a sandbox and playhouse. (Contact person: Lisa A. Michels, 618/445­3612).

(D) CITY OF ALEDO, (Mercer County), $46,500, to develop the 1.3­acre Memorial Park located near S.E. Sixth Street and S.E. Fifth Avenue. Development includes the installation of playground equipment, a picnic shelter, a sand volleyball court, a parking lot, walking path and new lighting. (Contact person: Mayor C. William Stancliff, 309/582­7241).

(D) BELVIDERE PARK DISTRICT, (Boone County), $200,000, to develop 20.0 acres of a 90­acre site located at the north edge of Belvidere. Development includes three soccer fields, a parking lot, a shelter, a playground and landscaping. (Contact person: Dan Roddewig, 815/547­5711).

(A) BIG ROCK PARK DISTRICT, (Kane County), $146,000, to acquire 13.8 acres for future development of the District's first public park, known as Big Rock Community Park, located north of Rhodes Street in Big Rock Township. (Contact person: Tom Ludwig, 630/406­1406).

(A) CITY OF BLOOMINGTON, (McLean County), $400,000, to acquire a 30.0­acre site for future development of the Northeast Community Park in Bloomington. (Contact person: Keith Rich, 309/434­2260).

(A) VILLAGE OF BRADLEY, (Kankakee County), $232,700, to acquire 15.0 acres of formerly leased property, which is site of the largest park in the village located on the east side of Bradley. (Contact person: Bruce Adams, 815/939­6098).

(D) CITY OF BREESE, (Clinton County), $143,700, to renovate the existing swimming pool at the 18.7­acre North Park located on north Walnut Street in Breese. Improvements also include new deck equipment, playground safety improvements and exterior pool lighting. (Contact person: Robert Venhaus, 618/526­7731).

(D) VILLAGE OF BUCKINGHAM, (Kankakee County), $10,300, to develop 1.67 acres as the first public park located in the center of the village. Development includes a walking path, picnic pavilion, a basketball court, playground equipment and parking space. (Contact person: Lisa M. Witheft, 815/426­6739).

(D) BURBANK PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $200,000, to redevelop the 9.9­acre Narragansett Park located in the north central portion of the Burbank Park District. Redevelopment includes removal of existing park amenities, installation of a new playground, a soccer field, a skate park, an in­line hockey rink, a 2/3 mile walking/jogging/bike path, a parking lot, landscaping and the renovation of two basketball courts. (Contact person: Mitch Szuberg, 708/599­2070).

(D) BURR RIDGE PARK DISTRICT, (DuPage County), $189,500, for additional recreational development at the 20.0­acre Harvester Park located two blocks east of Madison Street and seven blocks west of County Line Road in the Burr Ridge Park District. Development includes the installation of two volleyball courts, a basketball court, two tennis courts, a restroom/concession/storage/shelter facility, trail head and path to a 17.0­acre wetland, lighting and landscaping. (Contact person: James A. Pacanowski, 630/920­1969).

(D) VILLAGE OF CAHOKIA, (St. Clair County), $200,000, to develop the 22.0­acre Cahokia Park located near I­255 in the south section of Cahokia. This is the only public park in the village. Development includes construction of a soccer field, a pavilion, two playgrounds, a parking lot, two basketball/roller blade courts, a restroom and park pond improvements. (Contact person: Steve Healey, 618/337­9528).

(D) CAMPTON TOWNSHIP, (Kane County), $200,000, to complete development of the 45.0­ acre Campton Community Park located on Brown Road north of Route 64 near St. Charles. Development includes the installation of two tennis courts, a basketball court, a playground, softball field, a parking lot, prairie/wetland restoration, an interpretive trail and picnic area and landscaping. (Contact person: Edward Malek, 630/377­5705).

(D) CAROL STREAM PARK DISTRICT, (DuPage County), $65,200, to develop the 0.5­acre Blue Heron Park located off County Farm Road on Birchbark Trace. This park is adjacent to a 14.0­acre wetland restoration site and development includes an interpretive shelter, paths, a playground and landscaping. (Contact person: Arnie Biondo, 630/665­2311).

(A) CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $750,000, to acquire 4.98 acres at the northwest corner of 18th Street and Wentworth Avenue to expand Ping Tom Park to 17.24 acres. (Contact person: Andrea Adams, 312/745­2155).

(D) CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $250,000, to develop 2.8 acres of Origins Park to construct a visitor center on the west side of the park along Ashland Avenue in the Bridgeport area. The visitor center will consist of restrooms, a sheltered area and an orientation room. (Contact person: Andrea Adams, 312/745­2155).

(A) CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $275,000, to acquire 2.78 acres north of the 3.5­acre Park 386 for future park expansion located at South Birkoff Avenue on Chicago's south side. (Contact person: Andrea Adams, 312/745­2155).

(D) CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $700,000, to develop 2.82 acres of the West Chatham Park located on the south side of Chicago. Development includes the demolition of the existing spray pool, the installation of a new interactive spray pool, fencing and landscaping. (Contact person: Andrea Adams, 312/745­2155).

(A) TOWN OF CICERO, (Cook County), $400,000, to acquire 3.15 acres to be combined with 2.81 acres for the future development of a 6.0­acre community park site located southeast of 21st Street and 47th Avenue in Cicero. (Contact person: Betty Loren­Maltese, 708/656­3600).

(D) CLYDE PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $200,000, to improve the 3.74­acre Clyde Park located on South 61st Avenue in Cicero. Improvements include the construction of a senior citizen's area, a multipurpose playfield, a 1/4 mile walking/jogging path, upgrading of the existing wading pool, installation of two water feature facilities, lighting and landscaping. (Contact person: Lucy Schmidt, 708/652­3545).

(D) CITY OF COLUMBIA, (Monroe County), $81,500, to develop 1.76 acres known as Library Park located one block north of Main Street in Columbia. Improvements include resurfacing the existing tennis and basketball courts, construction of a parking lot, two pavilions, two playgrounds, a walking path, restrooms and landscaping. (Contact person: Mike Hemmer, 618/281­7144).

(A) COOK COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT, $600,000, to acquire the 40.0­acre Wentworth Prairie, a natural area located along the Burnham Greenway in southeast Cook County. (Contact person: David H. Kircher, 708/771­1172).

(A) COOK COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT, $300,000, to acquire 10.0 acres adjacent to the Camp Sagawau Canyon Nature Preserve located near Lemont in southwest Cook County. This property is the unprotected and threatened portion of an Illinois Natural Area Inventory site that extends south from the nature preserve site. (Contact person: David H. Kircher, 708/771­1172).

(D) COOK COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT, $242,500, to develop the 43.0­acre Youngblood Addition at Baker's Lake Preserve bordered on the north by the Northwest Highway and on the south by Dundee Road. Development includes prairie restoration, barrier planting, a nature trail, wetland boardwalk, a parking lot and an entrance drive. (Contact person: David H. Kircher, 708/771­1172).

(D) CITY OF COUNTRYSIDE, (Cook County), $200,000, to redevelop the 11.2­acre Finn Park located two blocks east of Brainard Avenue in Countryside. Redevelopment includes refurbishing the existing baseball, soccer, tennis, basketball, and children's playground facilities. New facilities to be development include an in­line skating and skateboard area, a loop trail with fitness stations, sand volleyball, gazebos and restroom facilities. (Contact person: Susan E. Wilson, 708/482­3645).

(D) VILLAGE OF CRESCENT CITY, (Iroquois County), $200,000, to develop a new community park on 4.7 acres located on the east side of Crescent City. Development will include a pavilion, restroom/concession/storage building, walking paths, a playground, sand volleyball court, a multipurpose area, a parking lot and landscaping. (Contact person: James Ward, 815/683­2739).

(A) DARIEN PARK DISTRICT, (DuPage County), $400,000, to acquire 10.5 acres south of 83rd Street on Beller Road. Future development includes soccer fields, a playground, an interior multi­purpose pathway and a link to the Woodward Trail for Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve access. (Contact person: Claudia Krueger, 630/655­6408).

(D) VILLAGE OF DAVIS JUNCTION, (Ogle County), $200,000, to further develop the 53.0­acre Davis Junction Park located at the northwest junction of Lincoln Avenue and Elm Street in Davis Junction. Development will include a baseball diamond, lighting, a recreation path, parking lot and road, a shelter, three basketball courts, two soccer fields and a playground. (Contact person: Todd Weggens, 815/394­4700).

(D) DECATUR PARK DISTRICT, (Macon County), $200,000, to develop the Sangamon River Greenway within the 99.0­acre Lincoln Park located north of the Sangamon River in Decatur. Development will include construction of a 1.13­mile river access trail, a canoe/kayak launch, two picnic areas/overlooks, improvements to a fishing area, renovation of a baseball field, lighting, parking lots and landscaping. (Contact person: Garry D. Little, 217/422­5911).

(A) VILLAGE OF DEER PARK, (Lake County), $351,800, to acquire 11.0 acres at Vehe Farm Community Park located north of Lake County Forest Preserve District's Ela Marsh property. Future plans are for the development of outdoor recreational facilities including the village's first soccer field. (Contact person: Stacy Rubin Silver, 312/443­1744).

(D) DEERFIELD PARK DISTRICT, (Lake County), $200,000, to further develop 9.3­acre Jayee Memorial Park located on Wilmot Road in Deerfield. Development will include construction of a shelter/restroom/warming house, expansion of the playground, the community's first pet exercise area, an ice skating area and landscaping. (Contact person: Linda Gryziecki, 847/945­0650).

(D) ELBA­SALEM PARK DISTRICT, (Knox County), $141,500, to redevelop the 3.09­acre Harvest Home Park located north of Canton Avenue and west of Marietta Street in Yates City. Redevelopment will include a new playground, two ball diamonds, replacement of fencing, two ball diamonds, a basketball court, walking path, surfacing of the parking area and development of a butterfly garden. (Contact person: Tom Boyer, 309/358­1210).

(D) VILLAGE OF ELBURN, (Kane County), $200,000, to develop the first community park known as Fairfield Community Park located on 3.5 acres north of North Street and east of Dempsey Drive in Elburn. Development will include a pavilion, play equipment, a timber bridge, a pathway, lighting and landscaping. (Contact person: David B. Morrison, 630/365­5060).

(D) VILLAGE OF FLANAGAN, (Livingston County), $14,200, to develop the 4.3­acre Legion Park located north of Rt. 116 in Flanagan. Development will include a walking path, fishing dock and play equipment. (Contact person: Paul Ingold, 815/796­4492).

(D) FOX VALLEY PARK DISTRICT, (Kane County), $200,000, to develop the 7.0­acre North Aurora Park located less than one mile north of the intersection of I­88 Tollway and Orchard Road in Aurora. Development will include two ball fields, a shelter, play equipment, a sand volleyball court, an exercise trail, multi­purpose court and landscaping. (Contact person: Bob Vaughn, 630/897­0516).

(D) VILLAGE OF FRANKFORT, (Will County), $200,000, to develop the 14.3­acre Frankfort Prairie Park located in Frankfort, north of the Old Plank Road Trail. Development will include construction of a fishing pond, a walking path, pedestrian bridges and boardwalks, a shelter, education stations and landscaping. (Contact person: Paula J. Wallrich, 815/469­2177).

(D) GENEVA PARK DISTRICT, (Kane County), $136,800, to develop the 1.0­acre River Trail Canoe Park located north of the Illinois Rt. 38 bridge on the east side of the Fox River. Development will include two portage stations, a dam overlook with shelter, shoreline stabilization and fishing stations, interpretive signs and landscaping. (Contact person: Steve Persinger, 630/232­4542).

(D) VILLAGE OF GLADSTONE, (Henderson County), $14,000, to further develop the 1.5­acre Gladstone Community Park located on Elm Street one block west of Main Street (Hwy. 164) in Gladstone. Development will include play equipment, a shelter, path and parking facilities. (Contact person: Joyce Hetrick, 309/627­2912).

(D) GLENVIEW PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $200,000, to develop the 37.5­acre Community Park West located along Milwaukee Avenue in Glenview. Development will include five soccer fields, two football fields, five ballfields, a shelter/restroom, a day camp shelter with restrooms, a playground, a basketball court, habitat restoration, an interpretive trail and a skate park. (Contact person: Tom Richardson, 847/657­3215).

(A) VILLAGE OF GODFREY, (Madison County), $270,500, to acquire 96.0 acres for future development of Vista Community Park located on Illinois Rt. 3 in Godfrey. (Contact person: George Bryant, 618/466­1483).

(D) CITY OF GOLCONDA, (Pope County), $96,000, to construct a 0.25­mile trail and pedestrian/bike bridge over Lusk Creek providing access to and from Columbus Street, to Dam House Road and the Golconda Marina in Golconda. (Contact person: Kimberly Watson, 618/252­7463).

(D) GURNEE PARK DISTRICT, (Lake County), $200,000, to develop the 34.0­acre Hunt Club Community Park located along Hunt Club Road in Gurnee. Development will include a pond overlook/fishing station, a 1.0­mile bike trail, a sand volleyball/ice skating area, a multi­court for roller/ice hockey and bike­trike course, a shelter/restroom, landscaping and a sprayground pool, which is the only outdoor water facility in Gurnee. (Contact person: Chuck Balling, 847/623­7788).

(D) CITY OF HARVARD, (McHenry County), $200,000, to construct a new aquatic center in the 12.0­acre Lions Park, located on Galvin Parkway in Harvard. Development will also include the construction of a bath house and parking lot. (Contact person: David Nelson, 815/943­6468).

(D) HARVEY PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $71,250, to renovate sports fields at the 10.0­acre Holmes Park Sports Complex located in Harvey approximately one mile north of I­294. Renovation will also include repairs to the concession building, construction of a walking path and the installation of playground equipment. (Contact person: Rose McGill, 708/331­3857).

(D) HAVANA PARK DISTRICT, (Mason County), $100,000, to develop the 17.0­acre Scarborough Park site located on the northeast edge of Havana on Franklin Street. Development will include three ball fields, an archery range, a roadway and landscaping. (Contact person: Gary A. Jacobs, 309/699­6454).

(D) VILLAGE OF HAWTHORN WOODS, (Lake County), $200,000, to complete development of the 27.0­acre Community Park located on the north side of Old McHenry Road at Quentin Road in Hawthorn Woods. Development will include a path, two tennis courts, a basketball court, a center plaza, a shelter/restroom and landscaping. (Contact person: John M. Kalmar, 847/540­5225).

(D) HOFFMAN ESTATES PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $80,000, to develop the 0.5­ acre Field Park located north of Golf Road on Highland Boulevard in Hoffman Estates. Development will include a gazebo shelter, horseshoe pits, walkways and gathering area, a butterfly garden and landscaping. (Contact person: Dean Bostrom, 847/885­7500).

(D) VILLAGE OF KAMPSVILLE, (Calhoun County), $99,900, to develop 2.0 acres of the 14­ acre Riverfront Park located adjacent to the Illinois River in Kampsville. Development will include a playground, two basketball goals, a shelter, walkway and a restroom facility. (Contact person: Ted Schumann, 618/653­4421).

(D) KANKAKEE RIVER VALLEY FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT, (Kankakee County), $44,200, to construct a parking lot and walking path on the 30.0­acre Waldron Road Arboretum located 1.5 miles southeast of Kankakee. (Contact person: Paul Tolly, 815/935­5630).

(D) CITY OF KEITHSBURG, (Mercer County), $15,000, to expand and improve the 10.81­ acre campground located on the southwestern edge of Keithsburg. Development will include construction of 40 new camp sites, 20 camper pads, a shelter and a volleyball area. (Contact person: Terri Gibson, 309/374­2311).

(A) LAKE COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT, $400,000, to acquire 94 acres expanding the Fourth Lake Preserve to 318.56 acres adjacent to Illinois Rt. 132 in Lake Villa Township. (Contact person: Michael J. Fenelon, 847/367­3692).

(A) CITY OF LASALLE, (LaSalle County), $76,000, to acquire 3.8 acres for the future development of Grant Street Park located in the northeastern section LaSalle. (Contact person: Nora Fesco­Ballerine, 815/875­3396).

(D) VILLAGE OF LIBERTYVILLE, (Lake County), $186,300, to enhance the 58.4­acre Butler Lake Park located in Libertyville and bordered on the south by Butler Lake. Enhancement will include a canoe launch, a pier, a shelter, a nature trail, a path, landscaping and refurbishing the band shell and warming house washroom facilities. (Contact person: Randy Reopelle, 847/362­2430).

(D) LOCKPORT TOWNSHIP PARK DISTRICT, (Will County), $200,000, to renovate the existing 1.0­acre Chaney Pool site located adjacent to Chaney­Monge School in Crest Hill. Project components include the renovation of the bathhouse, new fencing, renovation of a slide, water play area, pool accessories and a parking lot with basketball and volleyball court markings. (Contact person: William W. Blogg, 815/838­1183).

(D) MARKHAM PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $200,000, to improve the 14.0­acre Roesner Park located between I­57, I­80 and I­294 in Markham. Development will include a jogging path, shelter, two playgrounds, six basketball goals, ballfield renovation and landscaping. (Contact person: Ray Jones, 708/596­3366).

(D) CITY OF MARQUETTE HEIGHTS, (Tazewell County), $67,500, to further develop the 44.43­acre Independence Park located off LaSalle Street in Marquette Heights. Development will include a pavilion, playground and a recreational trail. (Contact person: Barbara E. Perry, 309/676­7500).

(A) VILLAGE OF MELROSE PARK, (Cook County), $400,000, to acquire 1.16 acres for future development of the Melrose Park Sports & Fitness Field located north of Lake Street in Melrose Park. (Contact person: Donna Peluso, 708/343_4000).

(D) MIDLOTHIAN PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $75,000, to redevelop the 29.0­acre Memorial Park located at the northeast corner of Midlothian. Development will include new playground equipment, a pavilion, a batting cage and walking path. (Contact person: Evelyn Gleason, 708/371­6191).

(D) CITY OF MORRISON, (Whiteside County), $36,000, to improve the 12.4­acre Water Works Park located northeast of Rock Creek in Morrison. Improvements include construction of a shelter, playground equipment, a walking path and ballfield lighting. (Contact person: Joe Woith, 815/772­7657).

(D) MOWEAQUA TOWNSHIP PARK DISTRICT, (Shelby County), $200,000, to develop a new park known as Moweaqua Park "North" on a 20.0­acre site located across from the community high school and near the elementary school in Moweaqua. Development will include installation of ball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, a parking lot, a restroom/concession building, a nature/jog trail, playground equipment and landscaping. (Contact person: Mary Aylmer, 217/768­5599).

(D) CITY OF MT. VERNON, (Jefferson County), $200,000, to develop the new Lincoln Park, located on a 25.0­acre site in the southwest section of Mt. Vernon. Development will include installation of four baseball fields, three soccer fields, a concession stand and a parking lot. (Contact person: Roy L. Payne, 618/242­6802).

(D) NEW LENOX PARK DISTRICT, (Will County), $100,000, to develop the 12.7­acre Sharon's Bay Park located near the intersection of Bluestone Bay Drive and Westwind Drive in the Bluestone Bay subdivision south of U.S. Route 30 in New Lenox. Development will include a shelter, two tennis courts, a playground area, an interpretive trail, an open play area, a wetland restoration area and a parking lot. (Contact person: William McCollum, 815/485­3584).

(D) NORTH BERWYN PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $77,700, to develop the 0.14­acre Kenilworth Park located between 13th Street and Roosevelt Road, just east of Kenilworth Avenue in Berwyn. Development will include a shelter, a playground, walkways and landscaping. (Contact person: Patrick J. Ryan, 708/749­4900).

(D) OAK LAWN PARK DISTRICT, (Cook County), $200,000, to replace the existing Memorial Park wading pool located on a 1.0­acre site at the corner of 102nd Street and Major Avenue in Oak Lawn. Other development will include a deck around the wading pool, water toys and landscaping. (Contact person: Joel Craig, 708/857­2201).

(D) VILLAGE OF OKAWVILLE, (Washington County), $56,800, to further develop the 18.0­ acre OCYA (Okawville Community Youth Association) Park located at the north end of Henrietta Street in northwest Okawville. Development will include a tennis court, a roller hockey rink/basketball court, a soccer/flag football field, a walking trail, shelters and a parking lot. (Contact person: Jeff Rabenort, 618/243­5291).

(D) VILLAGE OF ONARGA, (Iroquois County), $200,000, to replace the existing pool with a new pool, a new wading pool, a new deck, renovation of the bathhouse, a new water slide, and landscaping at the 18.0­acre Durham Park located on the northwest side of Onarga. (Contact person: Kirk Lockhart, 815/268­4711).

(D) OSWEGOLAND PARK DISTRICT, (Kendall County), $200,000, to develop the 4.0­acre riverfront community park and bridge along the Fox River and the Waubonsie Creek, near downtown Oswego. Development will include a parking lot, canoe/small boat access site, a jogging/walking trail, two fishing access areas, an ice skating area, a bandshell, two shelters, a facility building/restroom, two pedestrian bridges and a playground. (Contact person: Grant A. Casleton, 630/554­1010).

(D) CITY OF OTTAWA, (LaSalle County), $74,200, to develop a 2.2­acre site to expand Allen Park located along the Illinois River. Development will include a trail, a toboggan run, an overlook, shoreline protection, a parking area, a shelter, two fishing access areas and a parking lot. (Contact person: J.R. Novotney, Jr., 815/433­2080).

(D) VILLAGE OF PARK FOREST, (Cook County), $110,000, to develop the 90.0­acre Central Park located near Orchard Dr. and Lakewood Blvd. in downtown Park Forest. Development of the south 30 acres of Central Park will include new playground equipment, a walkway, renovation of the restroom and pavilion facilities and landscaping. Development of the north 60 acres of Central Park involves the restoration of a former wetland and installation of environmental education devices. (Contact person: John F. Joyce, 708/748­2005).

(D) CITY OF PEKIN, (Tazewell County), $200,000, to construct a plaza­style pier facility on a 0.5­acre site which is part of the 3.0­acre riverfront recreational area located between Court Street and Margaret Street on the Illinois River west


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