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West Chicago Park District awarded $2.5M for new sports facility

Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 8:50 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 11:11 a.m. CDT
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Gary Major, executive director of the West Chicago Park District, talks about plans for an upcoming project and thanks Gov. Pat Quinn for his support during a news conference Monday in Aurora. (Provided photo)

WEST CHICAGO – A $2.5 million grant will help the West Chicago Park District build a indoor sports facility in Reed Keppler Community Park.

Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday announced awards for three park districts, including Naperville and Aurora, at a news conference in Aurora. The grant is provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources as part of the Park and Recreational Construction program.

“The support from the state of Illinois, IDNR PARC grant, will provide West Chicago Park District residents a unique opportunity for specialized indoor training activity for many years to come” Gary Major, park district executive director, said in a news release.

The $3.3 million facility will provide indoor training capabilities for softball, baseball, soccer, golf, lacrosse, and various other sports. It will feature artificial turf, weight training and a trails informational kiosk, the release said.

Completion of the project is set for 2016. After the grant, the remaining funding will come from the operational budget with no tax implications for residents, according to Major.

"It’s important that everyone in Illinois has a place to be active and take on a healthy lifestyle,” Quinn said the release.

The grant announcement comes ahead of the Sept. 6 grand opening of the park district's ARC Center, which is intended to promote athletics, recreation and community in West Chicago.

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