030823SC2101CHICAGO – State Senator Willie Preston announced that Hickory Hills Park District and Oak Lawn Park District in the 16th Senate District are set to receive over $840,000 through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grants program.

“The parks in our neighborhoods establish a sense of community, serve as a safe haven, and beautify our area” said Willie Preston (D-Chicago). “Providing crucial funding to local parks allows individuals the opportunity to engage in physical activity free of charge, which can ultimately lead to a better quality of life.”

A total of $60 million in state grants are being awarded for 118 local park projects throughout Illinois to help communities acquire land and develop recreational opportunities. The grants represent the largest round of Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grants in the 36-year history of the program.

The Oak Lawn Park District will receive $600,000, while the Hickory Hill Park District is set to receive $241,000 to rehabilitate and develop land for public parks and open space. OSLAD is a cost-sharing program between state and local governments that has become one of the most popular grant programs in Illinois.

“Improving the infrastructure of local parks in Illinois is a crucial step in rebuilding our communities, protecting green space, and encouraging healthy activities.” Added Preston, “I look forward to seeing all the work the Department of Natural Resources will continue to put in to ensure these essential areas stay beautified, safe, and secure for all to enjoy.”

For more information on OSLAD grants, visit the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website.



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