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Woodridge Park District going after $2.5M parks grant to help fund ARC

Published: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 2:11 p.m. CDT

WOODRIDGE – The Woodridge Park District is vying for $2.5 million in grants that would help fund the proposed athletic recreation center.

The grants are made possible through the Illinois Park and Recreational Facility Construction grant program. On Jan. 24, Gov. Pat Quinn announced the release of $25 million in grants.

The timing was perfect for the park district as it continues planning to build the rec center, proposed to be built at the northeast corner of Janes Avenue and 83rd Street, according to park Board President Fred Hohnke.

“The park district identified this grant opportunity from project conception in order to seek alternative funding to reduce the overall financing amount needed to fund the project ...,” Hohnke said in a release. “The timing of the grant program sync’s well with the planning of the ARC.”

Preparation for the grant has been ongoing over the past few years in anticipation of the grant release, the release said.

Mike Adams, executive director of the park district, is optimistic.

“This year’s program will be extremely competitive, but based on the extensive amount of local planning and support from the community and in partnership with the Village of Woodridge over the past few years, the district is confident the ARC application will rank well,”Adams said.

Notification of the grant award is expected to take several months, the release said.

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