Peoria, Wenona to be awarded funds for park district projects
More than $550,000 will be awarded for two park district improvement projects that will benefit central Illinois communities in Peoria and Marshall Counties, according to Senator Chuck Weaver.
“The Department of Natural Resources has announced funding from the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) program,” said Weaver. “Local parks are an important part of what makes our communities unique and provide residents throughout the central Illinois region with many recreational and educational opportunities. These grants will help our community leaders pay for improvement projects in their parks.”
The Peoria Park District will receive $526,000 for the Forest Park Nature Center. The City of Wenona will receive $25,000 for a city park playground replacement project
Administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the OSLAD program can provide up to one-half of a project’s funds. When combined with the investment of local matching funds, the grants will support more than $56 million in local park development projects and land acquisitions statewide.
The OSLAD program has invested $403.2 million in 1,729 local park projects since its inception in 1987. The program receives dedicated funding from a percentage of the state’s Real Estate Transfer Tax.