Whitaker Park 350SPRINGFIELD – Public parks in Bunker Hill and Carlinville, as well as the conservation district in Macon County, were awarded nearly $700,000 in state grants for improvements, State Senator Andy Manar announced today.

The grants are through the state’s Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) program, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Projects in the 48th Senate District that received grants include:

  • Carlinville Park District — $400,000 for renovations to the public pool
  • City of Bunker Hill — $199,400 for improvements at Mae Meissner Whitaker Park
  • Macon County Conservation District — $75,000 for cattail pond improvements at the Rock Springs Conservation Area in Decatur

Whitaker Park was built while Manar was mayor of Bunker Hill with the help of an OSLAD grant. Today’s grant will help complete the park development.

“I am thrilled that these local park projects were found to be worthy of grants from the state of Illinois,” Manar (D-Bunker Hill) said. “The investment these communities are making with the help of the state will pay dividends in public enjoyment and community pride.”

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