SPRINGFIELD – Governor J.B. Pritzker announced $29.7 million in grants Friday for 85 recreational projects across the state, including $360,000 for the Carbondale Park District, and $400,000 for Kinkaid-Reed’s Creek Conservancy District in Murphysboro.
The grant money will be utilized by Carbodale for the Marberry Arboretum Accessible Trails and Fishing Pier, and a short-term camping facility by Kinkaid.
“Investments in local park projects are good for families and recreation enthusiasts, helping them enjoy outdoor activities and making Illinois communities better places to live and work,” Pritzker said in a release. “Parks projects also boost local economic development efforts and spur additional investment throughout the state.”
The grants announced today are funded through the state’s Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) program, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The OSLAD program can provide up to one-half of a project’s funds.