Gov. Quinn announces $15.3 million investment in Illinois parks

By WEEK Producer

Gov. Quinn announces $15.3 million investment in Illinois parks

May 11, 2013 Updated May 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. – On Friday, Governor Pat Quinn announced a $15.3 million investment in local park projects across Illinois, including more than $200,000 to the Peoria Park District.

The projects are funded through the state’s Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development program (OSLAD). The initiative is designed to expand outdoor recreation and open space in communities throughout Illinois.
 
The Peoria Park District is receiving $217,500 to develop the Tawny Oaks Nature Center on land adjacent to Singing Woods, an Illinois State Dedicated Nature Preserve. The site is located north of Peoria, off of Route 88. In addition to the nature center, the project includes a shelter, trails, interpretive stations, a parking lot and 11 acres of various plantings.
 
Friday’s announcement includes 45 projects across the state.
 
For a full list of projects awarded throughout the state visit www.dnr.illinois.gov.