Parks and Recreation Boosted by OSLAD Grants

Efforts to expand outdoor recreation are getting a big boost, courtesy of a state grant program. The Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD), now in its 37th year, is providing $54.9 million in grant funding for 111 local park projects in Illinois.

These funds are for the designated communities to buy and develop land for recreation projects. OSLAD was created by the Illinois General Assembly in 1986 to facilitate a cost-sharing partnership between state and local governments to improve parks and recreation.

This program has allocated and distributed almost $585 million for recreation in the state. Studies show that access to outdoor recreation is important for 83 percent of Illinois residents.

State Senator Sue Rezin says the program is important because when people are able to get outside more often, it leads to better overall health. These projects also positively impact community morale by giving residents a place to gather and enjoy nature.

Senator Rezin is pleased to announce the following grants awarded in the 38th District:

Village of Minooka – $600,000
City of LaSalle – $300,000
City of Peru – $600,000

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