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Godfrey getting $400,000 for Glazebrook Park expansion

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Friday some $29.7 million in grants for 85 local projects that will help communities acquire open space and develop and improve recreational facilities throughout Illinois.

Among the projects is an expansion planned for Glazebrook Park on Stamper Lane in the village of Godfrey. That project is receiving $400,000.

“Investments in local park projects are good for families and recreation enthusiasts, helping them enjoy outdoor activities and making Illinois communities better places to live and work,” Pritzker said. “Parks projects also boost local economic development efforts and spur additional investment throughout the state.”

The grants announced are funded through the state’s Open Space Land Acquisition and Development program, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The OSLAD program can provide up to one-half of a project’s funds. When combined with the investment of local matching funds, the grants announced will support more than $56 million in local park development projects and land acquisitions statewide.

The OSLAD program has invested $403.2 million in 1,729 local park projects since its inception in 1987. The program receives dedicated funding from a percentage of the state’s Real Estate Transfer Tax.

In Godfrey’s case, the village applied for the funding back in August. At the time, the village said the park expansion would occur in stages on village-owned property between the main ball fields and the rest of the park. The project is said to include numerous athletic fields, parking, playgrounds and other amenities.

Village officials told The Telegraph newspaper in Alton that a proposed splash pad and veterans’ memorial would be included.

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