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Park District of Oak Park Secures $400,000 Grant for Lindberg Park Improvements

June 25, 2012 03:26 PM

Park District of Oak Park Secures $400,000 Grant for Lindberg Park Improvements

The Park District of Oak Park was recently notified by the Office of Governor Quinn and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources that the Park District of Oak Park will receive a $400,000 matching grant for the development of Lindberg Park. These funds are part of the OSLAD (Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development) Grant Program which provides matching dollars for outdoor recreation space projects throughout Illinois.

Lindberg Park is the Park District’s largest park encompassing 13.9 acres of park land. Improved park amenities will include a new park shelter, renovation of the tennis courts, development of a looped trail system, a new playground, renovation of the ballfields, creation of a dedicated field solely for soccer-lacrosse and an educational native plant area.  This project is tentatively scheduled to be completed in 2014.

The Park District was eligible for this grant program due to the successful passing of the “Renew Our Parks” referendum by Oak Park voters in April 2005. A site plan for Lindberg Park was completed in December 2010 after a 4 month community planning process. which is a requirement for an OSLAD grant application. The local matching funds of $400,000 have been allocated out of the Park District’s Capital Improvement Fund. Since 2006 the Park District has secured nearly $2 million in OSLAD grant funds for park improvements at Field, Longfellow, Taylor, Mills and Lindberg Parks.

 

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