SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WREX) — Illinois announced nearly $25 million of grants will be going to park and recreational facility projects across the state—including here in the Stateline.
Roscoe Township will be receiving $704,000, according to the state.
The funding is made available through the Park and Recreational Facility Construction Act (PARC) grant program, part of the Governor’s Rebuild Illinois capital program.
A spokesperson with the Roscoe Township says a "big chunk" of the funds will go towards a new community center. The new community center will be built around the home of the first settler in Roscoe on Hononegah Rd.
The state says the new community center will include a pavilion/stage with seating, indoor antique farm equipment displays, a vendor area for outdoor events, a farmer's market area, walking paths and community gardens.
The spokesperson says the township applied for the grant back in June of 2020.
The PARC grant program is administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).
“We are encouraging Illinois residents and visitors to our state to explore more of Illinois and improving and enhancing recreation opportunities in local parks is a real plus for local communities, their citizens and visitors to those communities throughout the state,” said IDNR Director Colleen Callahan.
The PARC grant program provides up to 90 percent of project costs to help build, renovate and improve recreational buildings used by the public or purchase land to be used for public access and recreational purposes, with local governments matching the value of the grants awarded.