ParkCHICAGO – State Senator Ram Villivalam is proud to announce that local parks in and around the 8th Senate District have received $1.2 million grant from the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development program.

“Parks and green spaces make our communities a great place to call home and keep our youth engaged in safe, constructive activities,” said Villivalam (D-Chicago). “This investment will ensure that we are keeping our recreation areas modernized and ready to enjoy for generations to come.”

OSLAD is administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and helps communities acquire open space and develop and improve recreational facilities. OSLAD grants cover up to half of a project’s costs and must be matched by grant recipients. A total of $30.3 million was disbursed to 87 parks across Illinois this year.

Local parks in and around the 8th Senate District received $1.2 million in OSLAD grants and include the following:

  • Village of Lincolnwood, Flowers Park – $400,000
  • Niles Park District, Pioneer Park – $400,000
  • Skokie Park District, Central Park – $400,000