walter martinCHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday that local park and recreation projects across Illinois are receiving funding, and State Senator Javier Cervantes is excited to share that the Village of Brookfield will receive $600,000 in Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grants.

“Equipping our parks departments with the funds needed to revitalize ensures quality outdoor green spaces for residents,” said Cervantes (D-Chicago). “I look forward to seeing how these funds will assist the Village of Brookfield in improving our parks.”

The announcement includes the largest round of Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grants in the 36-year history of the program. In addition, for the first time in the history of the program, funding will cover 100% of eligible projects located in economically distressed communities, resulting in 22 underserved locations receiving OSLAD grants.

“Park spaces provide great opportunities for rest and relaxation and go a long way toward the mental health of residents in the area,” Cervantes said. “This funding is only possible with the great work from constituents and my colleagues, and I will continue to ensure these funds come back to help improve our community.”

OSLAD grants typically provide up to 50% of funding for a project – excluding economically distressed communities where 100% of project costs have been covered. The other 50% are supplied by matching funds from the project’s local government agency. A full list of OSLAD grant awardees can be found here.