Stevenson Park gets $400K grant

Funds will buy new playground equipment, install handicapped-accessible entrance

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Stevenson Park, located at 49 Lake St. in Oak Park, will soon get new playground equipment and other improvements after receiving a $400,000 grant from the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) program, according to a press release from state Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park).

Wednesday Journal reported in September that the grant would be used to implement the Stevenson Park Master Plan, which calls for updating the playground, installation of a handicapped-accessible entrance to the west side of the park and adding a walking loop around the park.

A park district spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment.

The park district also will use the money to install a bioswale to reduce flooding at the park and build a practice wall for lacrosse and soccer and add picnic and chess tables.

Park district Executive Director Jan Arnold said in September that the park district would match the $400,000 upon receipt of the grant.

Harmon said in the press release that the OSLAD program receives funding from Illinois' Real Estate Transfer Tax.

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