MT. VERNON — The City Council approved a grant application which would be used to make improvements to eight acres at Lincoln Park if granted.
“It is a 50/50 matching grant with a maximum award of $400,000,” City Parks and Facilities Director George Bryant said. “We want to develop eight acres with the Lincoln Park Foundation and have had two public meetings on the development and received input.”
Bryant said if awarded, the grant would be used on eight acres between the site of the aquatic center and the parking lot on the east side of South 34th Street.
“We would put in handicap parking, a multi-use trail around the area and that could tie in to the city’s trails,” Bryant said. “We would also put in tennis courts, restrooms, signage and a softball field.”
Bryant said a development plan for the park area is being created by FGM Architects at this time, and total project costs for potential improvements would be $1.6 million —with the city’s portion at $1.2 million if the grant is awarded.
The grant is from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Open Space Land Acquisition and Development/Land and Water Conservation Fund. A grant from the same program was used to develop Klein Field, in addition to private and public dollars, Bryant said.
The grant deadline for application is July 1, and awards will not be announced until next year.