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West Chicago Park District receives more than $100,000 for Dyer Nature Area project

Published: Friday, May 24, 2013 6:00 a.m. CST

WEST CHICAGO – The West Chicago Park District will receive $118,800 to develop the Dyer Nature Area within Reed-Keppler Park on West National Street through a state grant program, according to a news release from the Office of the Governor.

Governor Pat Quinn announced Saturday that the state will invest $15.3 million in local park projects across Illinois, including $6.4 million for projects in Cook and DuPage counties.

The funding will be provided through the state’s Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development program (OSLAD), which seeks to expand outdoor recreation and open space in Illinois communities.

The $15.3 million investment includes funding for 45 projects, and it will allow some communities to purchase land for future green-space use.

The West Chicago Park District project will include a nature trail, boardwalk, interpretive signs, site furniture and landscaping.

Recipients of OSLAD funding must contribute at least half of the total project cost.

A full list of projects is available at www.dnr.illinois.gov.

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