Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — Governor Pat Quinn announced $16.5 million in investments for 46 local park projects across Illinois Saturday, April 5, including grants to the Village of Herrick and the Moweaqua Township Park District. The investments will expand outdoor recreation opportunities in communities across Illinois, and are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure that no child is left inside.
“Parks and outdoor recreational activities help make Illinois a great place to live and work,” Governor Quinn said. “These projects will create jobs, allow more families to get active outdoors and promote healthy lifestyles.”
These grants are 50/50 grants with the municipalities funding an equal amount.
Moweaqua Township Park District is receiving $12,500 from the State to renovate the existing one mile nature walking/jogging trail at North Park. The project also includes the development of a new dog park and a nine-hole frisbee golf course.
“It’s certainly not a large amount, but it will help get things started for the park,” said Michael Seitz, president of the Moweaqua Township Park District. The total project is estimated at $25,000.
“We have been planning for this park for the last year to year and a half. This grant gives us a chance to get started,” Seitz said. “We want to continue to make the park usable for all ages and give the taxpayers what they want in the park.”
The Village of Herrick is receiving $57,100 from the State to provide new playground equipment, basketball courts and a multi-purpose shelter at Carroll Park. An existing restroom building will also be renovated to make it handicapped accessible.
According to Herrick water clerk Marilyn Bruns and village treasurer Michele Shelite, other planned features to the park include new sidewalks, coating the tennis and basketball courts, new picnic tables and park benches, cook shack renovations, new stage, walking trail between Carroll Park and Tom Davis Park, shrubbery and flowers. The total project is estimated at $112,300.
“We going to make it a lot nicer than it is now,” Bruns said. “We hope to save money by doing most of the work ourselves.”
The projects are funded through the state’s Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development program (OSLAD) and administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Funding recipients are required to contribute at least half of the total project cost, which means that today’s $16.5 million investment will generate more than $33 million of local park development projects and land acquisition across the state.