b7de60c2 7b51 4ce4 ba7d 1d0f64138b91 7a7efd92 5056 a36a 09400f3dfd863c4b rPEORIA – To kick off Parks and Recreation Month, State Senator Dave Koehler announced $400,000 in funding for a local park project.

“Spending time in nature is a great way to keep both our minds and bodies healthy,” said Koehler (D-Peoria). “By bringing these investments to our community, we create outdoor spaces residents are excited to take advantage of.”

Through the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grant program, Levee Park in East Peoria will receive $400,000 to build a spray pad and amphitheater to be enjoyed by community members of all ages.

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.

“I hope members of our community will join me in celebrating this Parks and Recreation Month by getting outside and enjoying everything nature has to offer,” Koehler said.

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