State Senator Andrew Chesney has announced that close to $2.3 million in Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grants are coming to communities in the 45th District.
“Our office has had a hand in securing OSLAD grants from the state. We have written, and will continue to write, letters of support to help channel state funds to projects across the 45th District,” said Chesney. “These grants are well-timed for projects that are in the works in several of our communities, and the funds will go far in assisting with some very welcomed recreational projects for those living in Northwest Illinois.”
Established by the Illinois General Assembly in 1986, OSLAD is a cost-sharing program between state and local governments that helps communities fund land acquisition and development for parks and outdoor recreation projects. For the current fiscal year, cities, villages, park districts, and forest preserve districts had an opportunity to apply for the grants over the last several months.
Communities in the 45th Senate District that received grants include:
- Ogle County
- Oregon Park District: $600,000
- Village of Mount Morris: $152,600
- Winnebago County
- Rockford Park District: $600,000
- Village of Roscoe: $531,400
- Winnebago County Forest Preserve: $389,900
“The 45th District is home to some of the most beautiful and family-friendly parks in the state, so I was thrilled to learn that these OSLAD grant funds are coming to communities in my district,” said Chesney. “These funds will help make great park systems even better.”