Money will help beautify parks in state

By Erica Quednau |, Amanda Porterfield |

Published 04/07 2014 01:14PM

Updated 04/07 2014 06:28PM

Update: 4:03 pm, 4/7/14, Monday
CHAMPAIGN -- Parks around the state are getting facelifts. $16.5 million is going to 46 different park projects.

One of them is local. Douglass Park will get a huge makeover this summer thanks to some grant money from the state. $300,000 is coming from the Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development Program. The park district is doubling it to $600,000.

All the money will go towards some big changes like a new splash pad, or water playground. There will also be outdoor exercise equipment along a new pathway, so you can work out while you're there. A new picnic shelter, playground and baseball field are also on the list.

Construction will begin sometime this August. Park district officials expect it to be done by fall.

Coles County is getting a lump of that money from the state as well. $400,000 is going to Lytle Park, in Mattoon.
Original: 10:02 pm, 4/6/14, Sunday
ILLINOIS -- Parks around the state are getting makeovers, including several in Central Illinois. Governor Quinn announced $16.5 million going to 46 park projects across the state.

Douglass Park, in Champaign, will get $300,000 and Mattoon Township Park District will get $400,00 for Lytle Park. In Shelby County, the Village of Herrick gets $57,100 for Carroll Park and Moweaqua Park District gets $12,500 for North Park Development.

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