Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development Program Provides $12 Million to Community Parks in Illinois

Last Saturday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced that $12.3 million in grants have been awarded to Illinois communities to help build and improve parks and open spaces.

Grants were awarded to 42 projects, including $400,000 to the Rockford Park District to develop a winter activity center and golf course and $400,000 to the Champaign Park District to develop Boulder Ridge Park.

Most of the grants are being funded by the Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development grant program administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Three will receive federal funding through the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The state program is funded through the real estate transfer tax. Grant recipients must contribute at least half a project’s total cost.

Park design and management is considered in Roosevelt University’s seminars SUST 320 Sprawl, Transportation, and Planning, which Professor Brad Hunt will teach as a hybrid course at the Schaumburg campus and online this fall, and SUST 210 The Sustainable Future, offered at both campuses and online. If you are interested in taking these or any of our courses, please contact your RU academic advisor for registration details. If you are not currently a Roosevelt University student, we encourage you to investigate our degree options and our course listings. For more information, please visit our Sustainability Studies website, call 1-877-277-5978 (1-877-APPLY RU) or email applyRU@roosevelt.ed

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