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January 12, 2001

Governor Ryan Announces $22.7 Million in Grants for Local Park Land Acquisition and Development

PEORIA ­­-- Governor George H. Ryan today announced $22.7 million in grants for 81 projects throughout the state that will provide new local parks, develop and improve park lands, and enhance recreational facilities and natural areas.

"Children and families, people of all ages, will benefit from the investment in recreation and open space provided by these grants, " Ryan said. "Combined with matching funds from local sponsors, more than $45.4 million in land acquisition and park development will benefit communities large and small throughout Illinois."

Governor Ryan made the announcement at the Illinois Association of Park Districts' Annual Meeting where Mrs. Ryan accepted a President's Citation for her leadership as Chair of Futures for Kids and her commitment to the field of parks and recreation.

The 16 land acquisition and 65 outdoor recreation development projects are funded through $21.2 million from the state's Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) program and $1.5 million from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program, both of which are administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

To better meet the funding needs of local communities, Governor Ryan increased OSLAD funding by $3.5 million this year, compared with the $17.8 million in grants awarded last year.

Twenty­six of the projects provide communities with the initial development of recreational facilities at those parks. A total of 31 projects include new playgrounds or playground equipment; 14 projects will provide environmental and wetland enhancement, including interpretive trails, wildlife observation stations and prairie restoration; 13 of the projects will help meet the growing demand for in­line skating, roller hockey and skateboarding; and, five communities will use grant funds for new outdoor swimming pools, while another five projects will renovate existing pools.

The 16 acquisition projects will add approximately 600 acres of new local park land in those communities.

Department of Natural Resources Director Brent Manning said local agencies this year submitted 169 applications requesting more than $36 million in grant funds.

"These are the park and recreation projects people have told their local leaders they want to see in their communities and neighborhoods," Manning said. "From new soccer fields and ball diamonds to skate parks and sand volleyball courts, these projects help bring communities together."

Since the OSLAD program was initiated in 1986, more than $146.8 million has been awarded for nearly 900 local park projects. The program is funded by a dedicated percentage of the state real estate transfer tax. The federal LWCF program has provided $133.5 million for state and local park projects in Illinois since 1965. More than 75 percent of LWCF funds have been provided to local park districts and recreation agencies to help address local recreational needs.

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.

OSLAD/LWCF grants provide up to 50 percent reimbursement to local agencies for approved projects.

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

A list of grant recipients, funding amounts and project descriptions follows:

FY 2001

A ­ Acquisition
D ­ Development

(D) VILLAGE OF ALGONQUIN, (McHenry Co.), $378,000, to develop the 27­acre Kelliher Park on Square Barn Road in western Algonquin. Development includes habitat buffer/restoration around a wetland, interpretive trails and signs, ball fields, basketball courts, a tennis court, picnic shelter and bike trails. (Contact person: William J. Ganek, 847/658­2700).

(D) VILLAGE OF BANNOCKBURN, (Lake Co.), $400,000, to develop a 12­acre site on Telegraph Road. Development includes a shelter with restrooms, pathways, a playground, gazebo, site furnishings and lighting. (Contact person: Dave Lothspeich, 847/945­6080).

(D) BARTLETT PARK DISTRICT, (DuPage Co.), $26,000, to develop a portion of Apple Orchard Community Park on Stearns Road and Main Street in Bartlett. Development includes an accessible woodchip interpretive trail and interpretive signs, a teaching area, a boardwalk leading to an interior wetland, wetland plantings and an observation deck. (Contact person: Thomas White, 630/837­6568).

(D) BATAVIA PARK DISTRICT, (Kane Co.), $262,500, to develop Prairie Path Fields, a new 15.3­acre site on Raddant Road in Batavia. Development includes soccer fields, a picnic shelter and a day camp shelter, playground, native tree trail, an in­line skate trail with "skate nodes" and paths to the adjacent middle school and the Illinois Prairie Path. (Contact person: Mike Clark, 630/879­5235).

(D) BIG ROCK PARK DISTRICT, (Kane Co.), $249,600, to develop the district's first community park site on Madison Avenue in Big Rock. Development at the 13.6­acre site includes ball and soccer fields, basketball, tennis, inline skate court, ice skating area, sand volleyball, horseshoe pits, a playground, walking/exercise paths, parking, and a shelter with restrooms. (Contact person: Gene Nehring, 630/556­9599).

(D) CITY OF BLOOMINGTON, (McLean Co.), $400,000, to develop Northeast Community Park, a 30­acre site east of Airport Road on Carlene Drive. Development includes a playground, picnic shelter, drinking fountains, a large formal playing field, trails, a picnic area, native prairie area and parking. (Contact person: Keith Rich, 309/434­2260).

(D) BRIDGEVIEW PARK DISTRICT, (Cook Co.), $126,500, to redevelop the 1.74­acre Ulrich Park at 73rd Street and Ferdinand Avenue in Bridgeview. Redevelopment includes the playground, a picnic shelter, benches, picnic tables, drinking fountain, half­court basketball, landscaping and a walking trail. (Contact person: Michael Price, 708/594­1818).

(D) BUFFALO GROVE PARK DISTRICT, (Lake Co.), $178,700, to develop the 2.9­acre Mirielle Park on Avalon Drive in northeast Buffalo Grove. Development includes a playground, shelter, picnic and game tables, a bike path, tennis court, sand volleyball court, a ball diamond, and landscaping. (Contact person: Mike Rylko, 847/459­5700).

(A) CITY OF BUNKER HILL, (Macoupin Co.), $31,300, to acquire 12 acres east of Ill. Rt. 159 on the northern border of the city. Whitaker Community Park will be developed with a fishing lake, shelters, playground, volleyball court, concession/restroom building, soccer and ball fields, hiking trails, parking and landscaping. (Contact person: Glen Bruckert, 618/585­4632).

(D) CANTON PARK DISTRICT, (Fulton Co.), $30,000, to develop facilities at the 450­acre Lakeland Park in northwest Canton. Development includes a boat dock on Strode Lake, a fishing pier on Bond Lake and new playground equipment. (Contact person: Gary Baker, 309/647­1345).

(D) CARBONDALE PARK DISTRICT, (Jackson Co.), $98,000, to redevelop the 22­acre Attucks Park on Wall Street in northeast Carbondale. Development includes a shelter, walking path with exercise stations and a new playground. (Contact person: Bob Greene, 618/529­4147).

(A) CHAMPAIGN PARK DISTRICT, (Champaign Co.), $176,500, to acquire approximately one acre of land in conjunction with an adjacent seven­acre land donation which will be developed as Turnberry Ridge Park. Future development includes a playground, multi­purpose open space area, picnic area, drinking fountain and a basketball court. The park is located on the corner of Balmoral and Cobblefield Drives in western Champaign. (Contact person: Terri Gibble, 217/398­2550).

(D) CITY OF CHENOA, (McLean Co.), $75,000, to rehabilitate Redbird Pool on Scott Street in Chenoa. Improvements include the repair and replacement of mechanical components, a new PVC liner, changing house renovation, and the upgrade of parking and walkways to the pool. (Contact person: Walter Hetman, 815/945­7619).

(A) CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT, (Cook Co.), $250,000, to acquire a one­half acre parcel to expand the existing 1.18­acre Jefferson Park at Jefferson and 16th Street in Chicago. Future development will include a playground, spray pool and baseball and soccer fields. (Contact person: Andrea Adams, 312/745­2155).

(D) CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT, (Cook Co.), $600,000, to redevelop the 6.2­acre Sherwood Park at 57th and Shields in Chicago. Redevelopment includes the baseball and soccer fields, basketball and spectator facilities, playground and spray pool. New development includes a running track and volleyball court. (Contact person: Andrea Adams, 312/745­2155).

(A) CITY OF CHICAGO, (Cook Co.), $575,000, to acquire the 7.2­acre Marian Fathers Park at 6336 S. Kilbourn in the West Lawn community area. The three existing baseball fields will be preserved. (Contact person: Kathleen Dickhut, 312/744­1074).

(A) CITY OF CHICAGO, (Cook Co.), $575,000, to acquire the 5.8­acre Clark Park East at Addison and Rockwell Avenue in Chicago. The site is located between the Chicago Park District's Clark Park and Lane Technical High School. Future development includes a football/soccer field and baseball field. (Contact person: Kathleen Dickhut, 312/744­1074).

(A) CHICAGO HEIGHTS PARK DISTRICT, (Cook Co.), $700,000, to acquire a 52­acre nine hole golf course and clubhouse located on Scott Avenue in western Chicago Heights. (Contact person: David A. Gonzalez, 708/755­1351).

(D) CLYDE PARK DISTRICT, (in Cicero, Cook Co.), $214,400, to redevelop the 3.17­acre Parkholme Park on West 18th Street and South 51st Avenue in Cicero. New facilities include a zero­depth spray pad, gazebo, amphitheater, multi­purpose court, lighting and landscaping. (Contact person: Lucy Schmidt, 708/652­3545).

(D) COOK COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT, $400,000, to redevelop Green Lake Pool, located in Calumet City at 159th and Torrence Avenue. The pool area is composed of a sand beach and a sand bottom swimming area which will be renovated to provide an accessible facility and additional water play features. (Contact person: James Havlat, 312/771­1356).

(A) COOK COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT, $750,000, to acquire 23 acres in northwestern Cook County near Spring Lake Preserve as part of a proposed greenway linking Spring Lake and Crab Orchard Preserves. (Contact person: David Kircher, 708/771­1172).

(D) CITY OF EDWARDSVILLE, (Madison Co.), $400,000, to develop the 42­acre Joe Glik Park on East Lake Drive in Edwardsville. Development includes a one­ to two­acre lake, walking trails, comfort station, shelters, a playground, parking area, drinking fountains, benches and picnic tables. The existing three­acre lake will also be renovated. (Contact person: Robert Pfeiffer, 618/692­7538).

(D) CITY OF ELDORADO, (Saline Co.), $27,800, to develop a small skate park, basketball court and gazebo at a new park site located east of 4th Street and adjacent to the city's recently funded bicycle trail project. (Contact person: Billy Bradley, 618/273­6566).

(D) FORMAN PARK DISTRICT (Forest City/Manito, in Mason Co.), $400,000, to develop a family aquatic center at Memorial Park on Southmoor Street in Manito. The new center will replace the 75 year old Optimist Pool. (Contact person: Lynn Coers, 309/597­2331).

(D) FOX VALLEY PARK DISTRICT, (Aurora area in DuPage Co.), $168,500, to redevelop the 16.38­acre Butterfield Park on DuPage Parkway in northeast Aurora. Development includes a path system and bridge for neighborhood access to the Prairie Path, a shelter with restrooms, playground, sand volleyball, ball and soccer fields, basketball court, and a parking lot. (Contact person: Robert Vaughan, 630/897­0516).

(D) PARK DISTRICT OF FRANKLIN PARK, (Cook Co.), $400,000, to develop the 9.7­acre North Park on Addison and Scott Avenues. Development includes a picnic shelter, sand volleyball court, walking path, a nature study/interpretive area and playground. (Contact person: Joe Modrich, 847/455­2852).

(D) CITY OF GALESBURG, (Knox Co.), $142,500, to develop the 12­acre Inbinder Park off U.S. Rt. 34 and Linwood Road. Development includes a playground, basketball court, paved walking/hiking path, a viewing deck cantilevered over the existing pond, landscaping and native plantings, entrance road and a parking lot. (Contact person: Larry Cox, 309/345­3624).

(D) GLENVIEW PARK DISTRICT, (Cook Co.), $400,000, to develop the 16.4­acre West Fork River Park on Willow Road in Glenview. Development includes a watershed interpretive trail and trail signs along the West Fork of the North Branch of the Chicago River and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District reservoir, playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, sand volleyball, ball and soccer fields, picnic shelter, pathways and parking. (Contact person: Tom Richardson, 847/657­3215).

(D) VILLAGE OF HAINESVILLE, (Lake Co.), $75,000, to develop Brittany Park on Brittany Lane in Hainesville. Development includes a playground, picnic shelter, half­court basketball court, volleyball/ice rink and a bike path connection to an existing path. (Contact person: Deborah Little, 847/223­2032).

(D) HAWTHORNE PARK DISTRICT, (in Cicero, Cook Co.), $400,000, to develop the 13.3­ acre Hawthorne Sports Complex at Central Avenue and 34th Street in Cicero. Development includes a soccer /football field, walking/jogging track, multipurpose court area for basketball, in­line skating, hockey and volleyball, senior citizen's area with bocce courts, horseshoe court, open air shelter and benches, a putting green, sand volley ball courts, landscaping and parking. (Contact person: Dennis Raleigh, 708/863­6511).

(D) HOFFMAN ESTATES PARK DISTRICT, (Cook Co.), $184,700, to develop the 16.5­ acre University Place Park on Shoe Factory Road and Russell Drive in Hoffman Estates. Development includes soccer fields, a ball diamond, playground, shelter, wetland interpretive trail, parking, and eight­foot asphalt paths which connect to surrounding neighborhoods and a proposed elementary school site. (Contact person: Dean Bostrom, 847/885­7500).

(D) HOMEWOOD­FLOSSMOOR PARK DISTRICT, (Cook Co.), $166,800, to develop the five­acre Ballantrae Park on Ballantrae Way in Flossmoor. Development includes a picnic area with shelter, playground, multi­use pathway, wetland observation decks, softball/baseball field and a soccer field. (Contact person: Jim DaRosa, 708/957­0280).

(D) HUNTLEY PARK DISTRICT, (McHenry Co.), $200,000, to develop the 10.4­acre Southwind Park on Bennington Drive in Huntley. Development includes a shelter/storage building with restrooms, in­line skating rink, basketball court, a looped asphalt path, playgrounds, a gazebo and parking. (Contact person: Thom Palmer, 847/669­3180).

(A) KANE COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE, $444,000, to acquire the 68­acre Mill Creek Marsh on Fabyan Parkway and Wenmoth Road west of Geneva. Future development will include a small parking area and an interpretive shelter and paths. (Contact person: Jon Duerr, 630/232­1242).

(D) KANKAKEE VALLEY PARK DISTRICT, (Kankakee Co.), $98,300, to develop the 2.2­ acre Jeffers Park on the bank of the Kankakee River at Water Street. Development includes a half­court basketball court, playground, jogging/walking path, river overlook with benches, a shelter, site furnishings, landscaping and parking. (Contact person: Dave Mogle, 815/939­1311).

(A) PARK DISTRICT OF LAGRANGE, (Cook Co.), $558,100, to acquire 2.3 acres adjacent to the 7.5­acre Denning Park on Gilbert Avenue in LaGrange. Future development will include picnic areas and trails. (Contact person: Matthew L. Ellmann, 708/352­1762).

(A) LAKE COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE, $750,000, to acquire the 56­acre Lake Carina on Milwaukee Avenue in Gurnee. Future development will include trails and a restroom facility. (Contact person: Tom Hahn, 847/968­3338).

(D) CITY OF LEROY, (McLean Co.), $55,000, to develop Railside Fields on Hemlock Street in LeRoy. Development includes baseball and soccer fields. The project also includes a 6.2­ acre land donation. (Contact person: Jeff Clawson, 309/962­5201).

(D) VILLAGE OF LINCOLNSHIRE, (Lake Co.), $400,000, to develop the 68­acre North Park Recreational Facility on Riverwoods and Everett Roads in Lincolnshire. Development includes a shelter, ice hockey rink, restroom/concession building, sledding hill, tennis and basketball courts, lighting for ball fields, parking and interpretive signs and trails. (Contact person: Lydia Scott, 847/883­8600).

(D) LINDENHURST PARK DISTRICT, (Lake Co.), $200,000, to develop Phase II of the 52­ acre Engle Memorial Community Park on Grass Lake Road in Lindenhurst. Development includes a skateboard/bicycle BMX area, wetland/creek observation deck with interpretive signs, combination ice hockey rink and a parking lot, picnic shelter, asphalt pathways and landscaping. (Contact person: Tom Lippert, 847/356­6011).

(D) LOCKPORT TOWNSHIP PARK DISTRICT, (Will Co.), $200,000, to renovate the pool bathhouse and parking area at Chaney Pool on Hoffman and Rose Avenues in Crest Hill. (Contact person: William W. Blogg, 815/838­1183).

(D) VILLAGE OF LYNWOOD, (Cook Co.), $71,800, to complete development of the 19­acre Lake View Community Park at 198th Street and Lake Park Drive. Development includes a loop walking path, soccer field, ice rink/roller blade facility, playground and concession/restroom building. (Contact person: Faye Berkheiser, 708/758­6101).

(D) MACON COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT, $15,800, to redevelop one acre within the 194­acre Fort Daniel Conservation Area east of Mt. Zion. Development includes a new playground and interpretive displays will be installed in the existing pavilion. (Contact person: Paul Marien, 217/423­7708).

(D) CITY OF MADISON, (Madison Co.), $205,400, to develop a 5.5­acre community park bounded by Third Street and Alton Avenue. Development includes a playground, pavilion, concession/storage building, bicycle trail/walking path and a parking lot. (Contact person: Gene Matlock, 618/876­6268.)

(A) CITY OF MCHENRY, (McHenry Co.), $400,000, to acquire a 60­acre parcel adjacent to Petersen Historic Farm on McCullom Lake Road. Future development includes a picnic area, shelters and trails. (Contact person: Pete Merkel, 815/363­2160).

(A) MCHENRY COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT, $750,000, to acquire 155 acres on Pleasant Valley Road South of Woodstock. The property is adjacent to the District's 355­acre Pleasant Valley Conservation Site. Future development includes a shelter, restroom and trails. (Contact person: John Kremer, 815/678­4431).

(D) MCHENRY COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT, $149,200, to develop 75 acres of the Woodstock Center Conservation Area on U.S. Route 14 between Harvard and Woodstock. Development includes access roads, parking facilities, a picnic shelter, wildlife observation deck, restrooms, a fishing pier, trails, and interpretive signs. (Contact person: John Kremer, 815/678­ 4431).

(D) VILLAGE OF MELROSE PARK, (Cook Co.), $384,900, to develop a five­acre parcel at Lake Street and 25th Avenue In Melrose Park. Development includes a soccer/football field, walking/running track, grandstand seating and a shelter. (Contact person: Donna Peluso, 708/343­4000, ext. 10).

(D) MOKENA COMMUNITY PARK DISTRICT, (Will Co.), $360,000, to develop the 23.8­ acre Hecht Park on Birch Avenue in Mokena. Development includes basketball, tennis, an in­ line hockey court, a ball field, climbing wall, playground, pathways and shelter. (Contact person: Connie Eskoff, 708/479­1020).

(D) VILLAGE OF MOUNT MORRIS, (Grundy Co.), $110,500, to redevelop the 20­acre Dillehay Park at Stengel Drive and Mulcay Parkway. Development includes playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, a multi­use hard court for inline skating and basketball, exercise stations along the existing pathway, and asphalt walking paths. (Contact person: Steven Mongan, 815/734­ 6425).

(D) NAPERVILLE PARK DISTRICT, (Will Co.), $400,000, to develop Phase I of the 131­ acre Frontier Park at 95th Street and Route 59 in Naperville. Development includes multi­use pathway, softball fields, a shelter and restoration of prairie areas. (Contact person: Judie Caribeaux, 630/848­3574).

(D) NORTHFIELD PARK DISTRICT, (Cook Co.), $238,100, to redevelop the 3.1­acre Clarkson Park on Willow Road and Churchill Street in Northfield. Development includes a new restroom building, playgrounds, a gazebo, pathways, lighting, site furniture and landscaping. (Contact person: Jay Lair, 847/446­4428).

(D) OCTAVIA PARK DISTRICT, (in Colfax, McLean Co.), $100,000, to redevelop the existing 10­acre city park on Harrison Street in Colfax. Redevelopment includes improvements to the existing pool and new dugouts and backstop for the softball diamond. New development includes a walking path with fitness stations, shuffleboard courts, a basketball/tennis/inline hockey court and lighting for the Little League baseball diamond. (Contact person: Allan Biefeldt, 309/ 723­5041).

(D) VILLAGE OF ONARGA, (Iroquois Co.), $45,800, to construct a new pool to replace the existing Durham Park Pool on West Lincoln Street. Additionally, the bathhouse will be renovated and a new zero­depth wading pool will be installed. (Contact person: Kirk Lockhart, 815/268­4711).

(D) VILLAGE OF PALOS PARK, (Cook Co.), $87,200, to redevelop the 5.5­acre Village Green Community Park on 123rd Street and Forest Glen Boulevard. Development includes a trail system, washroom building, pavilion, playground and renovated tennis and basketball courts. (Contact person: Shayne Kavanagh, 70/ 448­2700).

(D) VILLAGE OF PARK FOREST, (Cook Co.), $150,000, to redevelop Logan Park, an 8.5­ acre site on the Old Plank Road Trail at Orchard Street. The playground and softball backstop will be replaced and the parking lot will be rebuilt. New development includes a restroom building, picnic pavilion, landscaping and an asphalt walkway system. (Contact person: John P. Joyce, 708/748­2005).

(D) PARK RIDGE RECREATION & PARK DISTRICT, (Cook Co.), $144,500, to redevelop the 12.5­acre Hinkley Park on Busse Highway and Morris Avenue in Park Ridge. Development includes a skateboard park, new playground equipment, baseball field improvements and new pool fencing. (Contact person: Bill Neumann, 847/692­5127)

(D) VILLAGE OF PATTERSON, (Greene County), $3,600, to develop the first park in the community on the corner of Exchange and Manchester Streets. Development includes a shelter with picnic tables and landscaping. The project also includes a 0.25­acre land donation. (Contact person: Robert Ridings, 217/927­4225).

(D) PEORIA PARK DISTRICT, (Peoria Co.), $220,300, to develop the 25­acre Northtrail Neighborhood Park on Knoxville Avenue in the far north side of the district. Development includes a pathway system, fishing pier, picnic shelter, playground, half­court basketball, tennis courts, ballfield, soccer and parking. (Contact person: Bonnie Noble, 309/682­1200).

(D) PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP PARK DISTRICT, (Will Co.), $400,000, to develop the 75­ acre Eaton Preserve on 135th Street and the DuPage River in the northern portion of the district. Development includes shelters, a washroom, ice skating/volleyball area, a canoe launch, playground and an internal trail system. (Contact person: John Vann, 815/436­8812).

(A) PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP PARK DISTRICT, (Will Co.), $247,400, to acquire the16­ acre Bay's Riverfront on the DuPage River south of Caton Farm Road in Plainfield. Future development includes a shelter, an obstacle/team building course, pathways, a playground and fishing pier. (Contact person: John Vann, 815/436­8812).

(D) VILLAGE OF RANTOUL, (Champaign Co.), $400,000, to construct a new family aquatic center on Doolittle Boulevard in Rantoul. Features include a zero­depth pool with a water slide, diving hopper and a lap swimming area. (Contact person: Gary Adams, 217/893­1661 x. 201).

(D) VILLAGE OF RARITAN, (Henderson Co.), $10,000, to redevelop Raritan Community Park on Main Street. New playground equipment and landscaping will be installed. (Contact person: Sammy Blender, 309/746­6239).

(D) RAYMOND PARK DISTRICT, (Montgomery Co.), $95,000, to develop the six­acre Raymond Sports Complex on Springfield Road in Raymond. Development includes a lighted softball field and soccer field, concession building with restrooms and parking. (Contact person: Terry Todt, 217/532­2066).

(D) VILLAGE OF RIVERSIDE, (Cook Co.), $153,100, to develop the 1.3­acre Olmsted Park on 26th Street in Riverside. Development includes exercise/nature trail, playgrounds, sand volleyball, gardens and parking. (Contact person: Kathleen Rush, 708/447­2700).

(D) ROANOKE PARK DISTRICT, (Woodford Co.), $239,600, to renovate the swimming pool, bathhouse and tennis courts at the 23­acre Roanoke Park on High Street in Roanoke. A new full­size basketball court will also be constructed. (Contact person: David Leman, 309/347­ 5984).

(D) CITY OF ROCK ISLAND, (Rock Island Co.), $400,000, to construct a new aquatic center at Long View Park at 18th Street and 17th Avenue. Features include body flume slides, a turbulent water area, lap lanes, a water walk, passive water, zero­depth play area, a sand play area, bathhouse and concession stand. (Contact person: William Nelson, 309/732­7268).

(D) ROCKFORD PARK DISTRICT, (Winnebago Co.), $400,000, to develop Sportscore II on 44 acres at Northeast Community Park on Orth Road in Rockford. Development includes soccer fields with portable bleachers and goals, a playground, paths, picnic areas, a shelter, restroom facilities, landscaping, and a parking area. (Contact person: Rick Strader, 815/987­8865).

(D) ROUND LAKE AREA PARK DISTRICT, (Lake Co.), $400,000 to develop the 70­acre North Shore Park on Hook Drive in Round Lake Beach. Development includes a fishing pier, boat launch, picnic pavilions, bicycle paths, a skate park, bicycle motocross track and basketball courts. (Contact person: James D. Rock, 847/546­8558).

(D) SKOKIE PARK DISTRICT, (Cook Co.), $316,400, to develop North Shore Channel Park on Main Street in Skokie. Development includes soccer fields, a dog exercise area, playground, an extension of the long distance trail system, a shelter, habitat restoration along the channel edge and a skate trail. (Contact person: Steve Hartman, 847/674­1500).

(D) VILLAGE OF SOUTH ELGIN, (Kane Co.), $65,000, to develop the 8.8­acre Kingsport Village Park on Blackhawk Circle. Development includes a playground, shelter, walking path, soccer field, half­court basketball and fishing and viewing spots on the shore of the pond. (Contact person: Jim Reuter, 847/742­0299).

(D) ST. CHARLES PARK DISTRICT, (Kane Co.), $225,400, to develop the 13.6­acre Harvest Hills Park on Providence Avenue in west St. Charles. Development includes a playground, ball and soccer fields, shelter, tennis courts and wetland interpretive signs along the internal pathway system. Additionally, a one­mile trail will be constructed from Bircher Road north to the site. (Contact person: James Breen, 630/584­1055).

(A) STREAMWOOD PARK DISTRICT, (Cook Co.), $502,000, to acquire an 11.8­acre horse farm on Irving Park Road in Streamwood. Future development will include sports fields and courts, picnic facilities, a playground, walking trails and scenic overlooks. (Contact person: Rick Pyle, 630/372­7275, ext. #101).

(D) TINLEY PARK­PARK DISTRICT, (Cook Co.), $400,000, to develop the District's first outdoor water park on 53 acres at 171st Street and 80th Avenue. Features include a zero­depth pool, lap lane area, water slides, a children's water play area, lazy river, playground, sand volleyball, bathhouse and concession area. (Contact person: John Curran, 708/532­8698).

(D) VERNON HILLS PARK DISTRICT, (Lake Co.), $322,500, to develop Gregg's Landing North Park on 15.5 acres in Vernon Hills. Development includes a playground, ball and soccer fields, sand volleyball, a shelter, bathrooms, loop walking trail and parking. (Contact person: Larry A. DeGraaf, 847/367­7270).

(A) CITY OF VILLA GROVE, (Douglas Co.), $152,100, to acquire 55 acres adjacent to Ill. Rt. 130 on the south side of the city. Future development will include baseball diamonds, basketball courts, a soccer field, bike path, a BMX bike path, sand volleyball courts and horseshoe pits. (Contact person: Ron Hunt, 217/832­4721)

(A) WHEATON PARK DISTRICT, (DuPage Co.), $702,000, to acquire 9.9 acres at Briar Patch Park on 22nd Street and Briarcliffe Boulevard in Wheaton. The site is developed with three ballfields and two soccer fields. (Contact person: Kenneth S. Kutska, 630/871­2857).

(D) FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT OF WILL COUNTY, $224,200, to develop Theodore Marsh Preserve on Theodore Street in Joliet. Development includes a parking area, picnic shelter, latrine, drinking fountain, prairie restoration, interpretive nature trail, bicycle trail linkages and a pedestrian bridge. (Contact person: Marcella M. DeMauro, 815/727­8700).

(D) WINFIELD PARK DISTRICT, (DuPage Co.), $394,000, to develop the 16­acre Glasshagel Community Park on St. Charles Road in Winfield. Development includes sports fields, trails, an in­line skating court, playground, parking and a 0.4­mile bike path connection to the Great Western Trail. (Contact person: Mark Pawlowski, 630/653­3811).

(D) WINNETKA PARK DISTRICT, (Cook Co.), $275,000, to redevelop the 4.6­acre Elder Lane Park on Lake Michigan. Development includes a playground, play fields, sand volleyball, beach house reconstruction, parking improvements, pier improvements and landscaping. (Contact person: Richard Schram, 847/501­2055).

(D) CITY OF WOODSTOCK, (McHenry Co.), $400,000, to construct a new aquatic center, Woodstock Water Works, on a 7.4­acre site within Emricson Park. Features include three pools (a baby pool, an 8,500 square foot recreation pool and an eight lane competition pool), a double flume slide, play lot, bathhouse with concession court and a parking lot. (Contact person: Dave Zinnen, 815/338­4363)


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