Governor Announces Over $12 Million for Parks and Open Spaces in Illinois


Published on June 25 2012 10:55 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Governor Quinn has announced $12.3 million is being made available to help communities build and improve parks.  The Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development grant program (OSLAD) increases green space and provides more opportunities for outdoor recreation.  The 42 projects are expected to create more than 200 jobs statewide.

This year, the OSLAD program, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, is funding 39 park projects throughout Illinois.  Three additional projects are receiving federal funding through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which provides matching grants to states and local governments to help acquire land.

Two area communities received funding.

The Village of Dieterich is receiving $34,600 to develop North Pointe Estates Park.  Amenities will include a playground, pavilion, benches and picnic tables and landscaping.

The Village of Cowden is receiving $20,000 to construct a playground area in Cowden Community Park.  The new work will replace a playground that is not ADA compliant.

Grant recipients are responsible for contributing at least half of the total project cost. 

The OSLAD program is funded through the Real Estate Transfer Tax, which is part of every property sale in Illinois.