Pond View from the Pickerill-Pigott Forest Preserve

A view of the pond at the Pickerill-Pigott Forest Preserve. (WSPY News.com photo by Jim Wyman)

Numerous area park projects have been announced as recipients of millions in grant money for various projects.

In a release on Tuesday, Governor JB Pritzker announced $28.9 million in grants for 89 state projects. Funds are through the state's Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) program, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).

Listed among recipients is $316,500 awarded to the Pickerill-Pigott Forest Preserve on Minkler Rd. and the Kendall County Forest Preserve District.

Pickerill-Pigott is adding environmental aspects like new hiking trails, picnic and pavilion space and other measures. A portion of the first phase of the project would be funded with the OSLAD grant money with a hope to see some of the new improvements by next year.

Also in Kendall County, the Aux Sable Springs Park development in Minooka received $400,000.

The only other Kendall County development to receive grant funds was $265,400 allocated for the second phase of the Grove Rd. redevelopment project where Will and Kendall Counties meet.  

In Kane County, the City of Aurora was awarded $365,000 for increasing the public use of Wilder Promenade on N. River St.

The Village of Elburn received $400,000 for development at the Keslinger and Liberty Community Park. The Fox Valley Park District received $285,500 toward the Backyard Park development and $400,000 toward the Oakhurst Forest Preserve.

Other monies were awarded to park projects in Geneva, Naperville and Channahon.

Gov. Pritzker said in a statement that the grant programs can provide up to one-half of a project’s funds, and when combined with the investment of local matching funds will support more than $56 million in local park development projects and land acquisitions statewide.

The OSLAD program began in 1987 and has invested $419.4 million in 1,765 local park projects. The program receives dedicated funding from a percentage of the state’s Real Estate Transfer Tax.