pexels pixabay 434442 rWEST CHICAGO – In celebration of Parks and Recreation Month, State Senator Karina Villa announced $400,000 in funding for a local forest preserve in Kane County.

“When we invest in our outdoor spaces, we invest in our community,” said Villa (D-West Chicago). “Spending time outside improves our mental health, helps us keep our bodies healthy, and fosters a better understanding of the world around us.”

Through the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grant program, the Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve in South Elgin will receive $400,000.

Grants are administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and support local park projects. When combined with local matching funds, the latest OSLAD grants provide more than $56 million in local park development projects and land acquisitions statewide.

“Everyone deserves the opportunity to get outside and enjoy nature, especially when we have so much to appreciate right here in our backyard,” Villa said. “I hope residents will take time this Parks and Recreation Month to explore the great parks and preserves in our community.”

Learn more about OSLAD grants and see a full list of projects on the Illinois DNR website.

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