Governor Quinn Announces $2.5 Million Investment for Park Project in Forest Park

New Development Will Create Jobs and Improve Recreational Facilities   

FOREST PARK – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a capital investment of $2.5 million for a park development and improvement project in Forest Park. Funded by his Illinois Jobs Now! construction program, the projects are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to increase recreational opportunities, create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.

“It’s important that everyone in Illinois has a place to be active and take on a healthy lifestyle,” Governor Quinn said. “This investment will give the Forest Park community improved facilities to be enjoyed for years to come. The project will help improve the health of the people of Illinois and create new jobs for hardworking local residents.”

 “We are eternally grateful to Governor Quinn,” Forest Park’s Mayor Anthony Calderone said. “This grant will enable our park district to continue its mission of being one of the premier parklands in the western suburbs and it will afford them the ability to expand their much needed recreational facilities and programs, benefitting our entire community.”

The Park District of Forest Park will receive $2.5 million in state funds to redevelop an industrial Brownfield site at Harrison and Circle Streets with an indoor recreation center which will include a gymnasium, a fitness center and multi-purpose rooms. The total estimated project cost is $6,165,000.

 “Investment in local park districts is an investment in the future of Illinois communities,” Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller said. “These improvements in Forest Park will help maintain a high quality of life that is vital for attracting young families.”

“I’m really proud of the Park District of Forest Park, and I commend them for writing such a strong grant application,” State Representative Emanuel Chris Welch said. “Forest Park has proven to be a leader in the Seventh District when it comes to recreational activities for families, and I was honored to support this application.”

The investment announced today is part of $50 million available through the Parks and Recreational Facility Construction (PARC), which is funded by Governor Quinn's Illinois Jobs Now! construction program. PARC provides investments to eligible local governments for park and recreation construction projects. Eligible projects include land acquisition, development, architectural planning, construction, rehabilitation and improvements. The PARC program may provide up to 75 percent of approved project costs, with the exception of local governments defined as “disadvantaged,” which will be eligible for up to 90 percent funding.

The park project is part of Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years. Illinois Jobs Now! is the largest construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest construction programs in the nation.