SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) – Some Metro-East communities are getting state OSLAD (Open Space Land Acquisition and Development) grants to spruce-up local parks, trails, and ball diamonds.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the $1.2 million disbursement is part of his “no child is left inside” agenda.

Bethalto will use its $400,000 on phase-two construction of a forty-acre sports complex. The Culp complex includes four baseball/softball diamonds, a football field, a soccer field, bleachers, restrooms, and more.

Belleville is getting $335,000 to renovate South Side Park. The project includes a new playground, an ADA accessible fishing pier with solar lighting, softball field reconstruction, a restroom building, and a bike trail extension.

And, the third-largest amount goes to Shiloh for acquiring and building trails in Yorktown Golf Course. The grant amount is $276,500 and the course spans 32.7 acres.

Governor Quinn says Alton is getting $148,600 to put towards renovations at Riverview Park, and Batchtown (Calhoun County) will receive $15,000 to fix up the playground at Batchtown Park.

OSLAD grant recipients are required to put up at least half of a project’s cost to receive state assistance.


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