$400,000 OSLAD grant will help Glen Ellyn Park District improve Newton Park

Posted on: January 23, 2020

The Glen Ellyn Park District was awarded a $400,000 Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The OSLAD grant will fund a significant portion of planned improvements at Newton Park including a renovated playground with an inclusive emphasis, enhanced park amenities including a seating area and receptacles, small sensory garden, accessible path to spectator area of baseball/softball field and turf field, skate park improvements, and enhanced connectivity.

As part of the grant program, the Glen Ellyn Park District is required to provide a matching investment of $400,000 which will be funded through the Park District’s capital improvement fund. The planned improvements address assets that are near or beyond their useful life, including the playground and components of the skate park, while also enhancing the popular community park.

Michael Ward, Park District Board President, stated, “This grant enables the District to address outdated assets and implement improvements to Newton Park while also reducing the financial burden for the District and residents. We are thrilled that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources saw the merit in this project and awarded Glen Ellyn Park District the grant. Thanks to State Senator Glowiak Hilton and State Representative Costa-Howard for their continued support of community recreation”.

Newton Park is one of the most active properties within the Park District’s system. It has a variety of recreational opportunities and activities including outdoor tennis, skate park, walking trail, synthetic turf field, outdoor basketball court, sled hill, ice skating in the winter, camps in the summer, and special events from spring to fall. The park also hosts the District’s lacrosse, rugby, football, and baseball programs, and provides athletic fields for Glenbard West High School.

“Investments in local park projects are good for families and recreation enthusiasts, helping them enjoy outdoor activities and making Illinois communities better places to live and work,” Governor Pritzker said. “Parks projects also boost local economic development efforts and spur additional investment throughout the state.”

This represents the third OSLAD grant received by the Glen Ellyn Park District within the past seven years. The prior two awards contributed to improvements at Lake Ellyn Park and Ackerman Park.