011023CM00821East St. Louis – The Madison County Mass Transit District and the City of O’Fallon are among the 118 recipients of Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grants distributed through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, State Senator Christopher Belt announced Thursday.

“This funding will provide critical support to our communities, ensuring they remain accessible and resourceful to all residents,” said Belt (D-Swansea). “Investments to these areas shows care and consideration to enhancing the overall well-being of Illinoisans.”  

A total of $60 million in state grants are being awarded for 118 local park projects throughout Illinois to help communities acquire land and develop recreational opportunities. The grants represent the largest round of Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grants in the 36-year history of the program.

OSLAD is a cost-sharing program between state and local governments that has become one of the most popular grant programs in Illinois. Since it was established, OSLAD has awarded more than $530 million for park projects throughout Illinois. Madison County Mass Transit District is set to receive $600,000 and the City of O’Fallon will see $388,000 in funds from the program this year.

“These are essential areas all around the state that are getting necessary funding in order to stay vibrant and welcoming to all,” said Belt. “I’m really looking forward to the positive impact this funding will have on communities in our region, as well as all around the state.”

For more information about the OSLAD grant program and to see a full list of recipients, visit DNR’s website.