BOLINGBROOK – Gov. Pat Quinn announced on Thursday an investment of $151,000 to help develop a bicycle path in Bolingbrook.
The matching grant is part of a $1 million investment to develop or improve 42 miles of bicycle trails in Illinois.
The Will County Forest Preserve District will receive $151,000 to develop two sections of trail extending north and south from the existing loop trail at Whalon Lake Forest Preserve off Royce Road in Bolingbrook.
These trails will connect the Bolingbrook Bridge and trails south of the DuPage River to the Naperville and DuPage County trails north of the river.
“This investment will provide more opportunities for people to get out, get healthy and enjoy what Bolingbrook has to offer,” Quinn said in a news release. “Bicycling is an ideal activity for young and old, and this path will make biking safer and more convenient.”
Funds for the Bicycle Path Grant Program, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR), are for the acquisition of land or development of facilities for bicycle paths.
A total of 21 grant applications were initially received, representing a combined request of $2.7 million. Combined with previous years’ funding, DNR has awarded grants that helped develop approximately 982 miles of local government bicycle trails in Illinois since 1990.