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OSLAD Grant to Enhance Visitor Experience at Lake Arlington

(left to right)Park Commissioner Tim Gelinas, Park Board President MaryFran Leno, IL Governor Pat Quinn, Park Commissioner Rob Nesvacil

The Arlington Heights Park District has been awarded a 2014/15 OSLAD Grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Governor Quinn announced the award on January 3rd that the Park District will receive $400,000 to implement a variety of improvements at Lake Arlington Park. 

Park Board President, Mary Fran Leno; Commissioners, Tim Gelinas and Rob Nesvacil; along with Executive Director, Steve Scholten attended a press conference with Governor Pat Quinn in Oak Park The Governor announced the recipients of $26 million from the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) program that is administered by the IDNR and funded by the state real estate transfer tax. Arlington Heights Park District was one of 72 communities to receive funding for 75 projects statewide. The OSLAD awards are available for parks and other green space projects and requires a 50 percent match. 

The Planning Department is currently in design development, planning and permitting stages for the project, with construction slated to take place in Spring 2016. Some of the improvements will include:

  • Widen and repave the path around Lake Arlington
  • Large Picnic Shelter
  • Sensory Garden
  • Exercise Stations along the path
  • Fishing Pier
  • Expanded Boat Dock
  • Radio Controlled Boat Area 
  • Landscaping Improvements
  • Updated Park Furniture and Signs...and More

The Park District thanks all residents and Lake Arlington users for their input throughout the master planning process for Lake Arlington. 

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