Park getting upgrades from district

By Amanda Porterfield |

Published 04/04 2014 02:11PM

Updated 04/07 2014 01:13PM

Update: 10:04, 4/5/14, Saturday
CHAMPAIGN -- An area park is halfway to getting a makeover this summer. The park district announced plans to rehab Douglass Park earlier this week.

Leaders applied for a $600,000 grant to fund the project. Saturday, it was announced the district will receive half that.

Overall, $16.5 million is going to parks in the state. Also on the list, Mattoon Township is getting $400,000 for its parks.
Original: 10:07 pm, 4/3/14, Thursday
CHAMPAIGN -- A park on the city's north side is getting a makeover. Many people around Douglass Park take ownership of the area. That's why many wanted to know what the city has planned for it.

At a meeting Wednesday, the plans were revealed. It will have a playground, track, water play pad, picnic pavilion and even outdoor exercise equipment people can use all year round. For some people the changes mean a lot.

The remodeling should cost around $600,000. Champaign Park District leaders say they've applied for a grant and hope to start construction this summer.

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