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July 10, 2001

Governor Announces Park Grants

SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. George H. Ryan today announced grants to three local governments to develop parks in their local communities.

"With these grants, we will be providing new and improved parks and recreational areas for our families to enjoy together," the Governor said. "It continues our commitment to improve the quality of life in communities all across Illinois."

The $740,000 in projects announced today is part of $23.4 million in funding the state has committed to local park projects this year through the Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development Program administered by the Department of Natural Resources.

The projects include:

GENEVA PARK DISTRICT (Kane County), $140,000, to develop 8.48-acre Fisher Farm Park on Fisher Drive in western Geneva. Development includes a roller hockey court, ballfield, playground, shelter, soccer field, half-court basketball and interior paths.

VILLAGE OF GLEN CARBON (Madison County), $300,000, to develop new facilities at the existing 16.8 acre Miner Park on Main Street. Development includes a new bridge as well as a replacement bridge over Judy's Creek, walking paths, ball diamonds, lighting, a restroom/concession building, basketball courts, multi-use parking lot with a rollerblade court and small basketball area, a playground and picnic shelters.

CITY OF PERU (LaSalle County), $300,000, to develop new facilities at 39 acre Veteran's Memorial Park on Plank Road. Development includes a baseball diamond, playground, sand volleyball courts, soccer field, walking path with exercise stations, a skate park and parking.

To better meet the funding needs of local communities, Governor Ryan increased OSLAD funding by $3.5 million this year. OSLAD grants provide up to 50 percent reimbursement to local agencies for approved projects.


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