KoehlerPEORIA – With support from State Senator Dave Koehler, the City of East Peoria will receive a $200,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for the final phase of recreational development projects at Camp Street Trail.

“This investment will positively affect our community in so many ways,” said Koehler (D-Peoria). “By funding recreational projects, we’re enriching the lives of residents, creating employment opportunities and solidifying our commitment to building a flourishing environment for generations to come.”

More than $3.7 million was awarded to 19 different communities, which will be used to help meet the growing demand for improved trails and outdoor recreational facilities. Grants may be used for land acquisition, trail construction and rehabilitation, purchase of equipment for trail development and maintenance, restoration of areas damaged by unauthorized trail use, construction of trail-related support facilities, such as parking and restrooms, and educational programs.

The 19 recipients were recommended for funding by the Illinois Greenways and Trails Council, overseen by IDNR, which is made up of representatives of statewide motorized and non-motorized user organizations, state agencies, organizations involved in greenways and trails, and metro-area greenways and trails coalitions.

“The funding East Peoria is receiving is crucial for building a holistic community,” said Koehler. “Through this project, we’ll be enhancing the city’s recreational options and improving the wellbeing of residents.”

To see a full list of recipients, click here.