SPRINGFIELD – The Village of Southern View and Macon County Conservation District were awarded over $880,000 to help acquire land and develop recreational opportunities, thanks to strong support from State Senator Doris Turner.

“Investments into our local parks build up our community and neighborhoods, especially in disadvantaged areas,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “As a lifelong resident of Springfield, we are fortunate enough to have a variety of parks here and across the 48th District. I have seen the benefits residents get from our parks, and I look forward to seeing the projects through for all to enjoy.”

The Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grants, administered through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, help communities fund land acquisition and development for parks and outdoor recreation projects. Since it was established, OSLAD has awarded nearly $585 million for park projects throughout Illinois.

Nearly $55 million in grants were awarded to 111 local parks across Illinois. The Village of Southern View will receive $280,700 and the Macon County Conservation District is set to receive $600,000 to acquire and develop land for public parks and open space.

“With this funding, we will be able to make much-needed updates to the playground equipment that has been falling apart for years,” said Village of Southern View President Mike Patsche. “Playgrounds are vital to building a sense of community, especially in smaller ones like ours. Thanks to Senator Turner’s efforts, the children in our area will be able to enjoy the park and just be kids.”

Visit the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website for more information on the OSLAD grants.