parkCHICAGO – With strong support from State Senator Ram Villivalam, the City of Chicago, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, and the Skokie, Niles and Morton Grove Park Districts are set to receive nearly $2.2 million for land acquisition and development for parks and outdoor recreation projects.

“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.”

Nearly $60 million in grants were awarded to 118 local parks across Illinois through the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grants, administered through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. 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.

Entities in the 8th Senate District receiving OSLAD funding include:

  • City of Chicago - $407,269
  • Forest Preserve District of Cook County - $428,750
  • Skokie Park District - $357,000
  • Niles Park District - $600,000
  • Morton Grove Park District - $398,000

Visit the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website for more information on the OSLAD grants.