Villa acquires over $1.6 million for local park projects

WEST CHICAGO – Thanks to strong support from State Senator Karina Villa, Streamwood Park District, Batavia Park District and the Village of South Elgin are set to receive over $1.6 million for land acquisition and development for parks and outdoor recreation projects.

“Our parks are where we gather with friends and families, celebrate special occasions like the Fourth of July and go to simply relax,” said Villa (D-West Chicago). “They are important to every member of our community, and this money will go a long way in ensuring everyone can enjoy our neighborhood parks and invest in their longevity.”

Around $60 million in state grants is being awarded to 118 local parks across Illinois through the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development program administered through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The grants are to help communities acquire land and develop recreational opportunities. This announcement includes the largest round of grants in the 36-year history of the program.

OSLAD is a cost-sharing program between state and local governments that has become one of the most popular grant programs in Illinois. Streamwood Park District will receive $467,081, Batavia Park District will receive $600,000 and the Village of South Elgin will also receive $600,000.

To learn more about the OSLAD grant program and all its recipients, visit the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.