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Romeoville to build 31-acre park with state grant

1/8/2015, 8:23 a.m.
The $400,000 in funding will pay for the first phase of development for a park area near Weber and Airport ...

Romeoville will create a new 31-acre park near Weber and Airport roads with a $400,000 grant awarded to the village through the state’s Open Space Land Acquisition and Development program.

The money will fund the park's first phase, which will include a 30-stall parking lot, three half-court basketball areas, two sand volleyball courts, two baggo games, storm water detention area with native plantings and an overlook with interpretive signage.

"Projects such as this create jobs and allow more families to get active outdoors and promote healthy lifestyles," Romeoville Mayor John Noak said. "We look forward to seeing the project progress."

Ultimately, the park will also have regulation size soccer fields, baseball fields, a playground, a shelter, practice fields, walking trails and parking.

“This park site will eventually serve as the primary community park for residents of this area where they can enjoy additional passive and educational opportunities as well,” said Kelly Rajzer, village director of recreation.

The OSLAD program began in 1986 and has provided millions of dollars in grants for local park projects in Illinois. This year $26 million in grants were awarded, a $10 million increase in funding from last year.