Two more Will County area park projects will benefit from Open Space Land Acquisition & Development grant funding.
Along with the Bolingbrook Park District, the Plainfield Park District and the village of Romeoville earned thousands of dollars for projects.
The Plainfield Park District was awarded $400,000 for a planned renovation of its 75-acre Eaton Preserve on West 135th Street, which includes a picnic shelter, playground and natural area, according to a news release.
"The planned improvements will allow us to enhance these natural and historical elements at Eaton Preserve while better serving residents of all ages and abilities who visit our parks," said Jennifer Rooks-Lopez, the district's director of parks and planning, in a news release.
The village of Romeoville received $382,800 for renovations to Lake Strini, according to another news release.
Additions to the lake will include butterfly and rain gardens, a boardwalk spanning the lake, an exploration deck, sunning steps and more. The new amenities will be accessible from the lake's perimeter trail, which will connect to the park's other paths. Bike racks and a new bike repair and maintenance station will encourage visits from beyond the adjacent neighborhoods.
Romeoville Mayor John Noak thanked Gov. JB Pritzker, and State Reps. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, and John Connor, D-Lockport, as well as State Sens. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood, and Pat McGuire, D-Joliet, for funding the program in this year's state budget.