For Immediate Release
January 20, 2020
Oak Brook Park District Receives Grant for New Park Property
Monday, January 20, 2020 Oak Brook, IL – The Oak Brook Park District has been awarded an Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) Grant totaling $400,000 from the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD). The grant will be used to support the development of 34-acres acquired through referendum in 2018.
According to Bob Johnson, Director of Parks and Planning at the Oak Brook Park District, “The grant will help fund the construction of two full-sized soccer fields, additional walking trails, two outdoor fitness stations, a central plaza with a basketball court and two bags-toss courts, two trail-side picnic shelters, and a paved parking lot.” Construction is anticipated to begin in late spring into early summer 2020.
The OSLAD Grant program was established by the Illinois General Assembly in 1986 as a result of the IAPD's legislative advocacy efforts to provide financial assistance to local government agencies for the acquisition and development of land for public parks and open space. The program matches funds provided by park districts, municipalities, forest preserve districts, and other local government entities, providing up to 50% of the funding.
The Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD), headquartered in Springfield, has been serving park districts, forest preserves, conservation and recreation agencies since 1928. The IAPD is the oldest and most successful statewide association of its kind in the nation. As a grass-roots organization, IAPD's voice for parks, recreation and conservation is strong and respected throughout Illinois and the United States.
The Oak Brook Park District is a National Gold Medal Agency (2015). Their mission is to provide the very best in park and recreational opportunities, facilities, and open lands for the Oak Brook community. For more information about the Oak Brook Park District, visit www.obparks.org.