An announcement from the office of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn notifies the Rockford Park District that it is receiving a $400,000 State of Illinois Department of Natural Resources Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development grant.
The grant will assist the Park District in improvements to Sinnissippi Park to enhance safety and enjoyment.
The grant award will fund 50% of the planned improvement costs, the rest of which are funded through the Park District's capital improvement budget. Improvements include: improved accessibility, including the replacement of several features at the existing playground; expanded park amenities for the music shell and twin shelter users, including an additional playground, and connection of existing recreational paths to create a loop pathway system.
A comprehensive drainage plan will be developed and sustainable design elements will be included where cost effective. The expected project completion date is June 2015.
Sinnissippi Park hosts more than 27,000 patrons annually. Its the oldest and one of the most heavily used parks in the district's system.
Forty-five different park districts, forest preserves and recreation agencies throughout Illinois are receiving a total of $15,329,300 in OSLAD Grants for fiscal year 2013.