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Stevenson Park gets $400K grant

Funds will buy new playground equipment, install handicapped-accessible entrance

February 8th, 2019 3:18 PM

Photo provided by Park District of Oak Park

By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Stevenson Park, located at 49 Lake St. in Oak Park, will soon get new playground equipment and other improvements after receiving a $400,000 grant from the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) program, according to a press release from state Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park).

Wednesday Journal reported in September that the grant would be used to implement the Stevenson Park Master Plan, which calls for updating the playground, installation of a handicapped-accessible entrance to the west side of the park and adding a walking loop around the park.

A park district spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment.

The park district also will use the money to install a bioswale to reduce flooding at the park and build a practice wall for lacrosse and soccer and add picnic and chess tables.

Park district Executive Director Jan Arnold said in September that the park district would match the $400,000 upon receipt of the grant.

Harmon said in the press release that the OSLAD program receives funding from Illinois' Real Estate Transfer Tax.

tim@oakpark.com

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