Mt. Vernon Receives $400,000 Park Improvement Grant
Governor Pat Quinn announced the award on Saturday. The maximum $400,000 grant was one of 46 grants awarded statewide through the state's Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development Program administered through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
The Mt. Vernon project includes development of eight acres in the park between the site of the new aquatic center and the parking lot on South 34th Street. A multi-use trail, tennis courts, a softball field, and restrooms are planned. The total cost of the project is estimated at $1.6-million, with the city's share of the cost placed at $1.2-million dollars.
DNR Director Marc Miller says this program is an important tool to help communities provide enhanced recreational opportunities. The program is funded through the Real Estate Transfer Tax, which is part of every property sale in Illinois.
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