SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove Park District was recently awarded a $400k grant via the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant to create a project which will provide recreational opportunities for the Sugar Grove community.
A cooperative recreational project started by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in 1986, the OSLAD grant has been an integral part of maintaining and restoring worn recreational facilities and creating new opportunities like the space set aside for development at Kaneland Harter Middle School. The development and need for open space was anticipated as the School District set aside land years ago, just ready to one day be transformed into Harter Community Park.
“The Park District has been saving our operating surplus over the years, and the OSLAD grant is a great support to aid our community in this cooperative project,” said Greg Repede, executive director at Sugar Grove Park District, of the matching grant program set up by the Department of Natural Resources.
The OSLAD grant is a competitive process based on written applications and is awarding the Sugar Grove Park District funds to create three ball fields, multi-sports courts, inline hockey area, a small playground and a baggo court.
In addition to the recreation-specific space, the park will include a paved pathway for residents to use, the appropriate signage for the park and natural upgrades.
“The partnership between the School District, the Park District and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is working together to provide our community with recreational opportunities that we have never been able to offer before,” Repede said.
The OSLAD grant, received on May 22, will be put to use as the Sugar Grove Park District breaks ground on the project Nov. 1 of this year. But first, development specifications have to be finalized and the project bid out to area contractors. The anticipated date of completion of the park is October 2014. In addition to community members taking advantage of the park, Kaneland Harter Middle School students can look forward to future outdoor fun.