OSLAD Grant to renovate Iles Park

The Springfield Park District will be applying for an OSLAD (Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development) grant to further develop Iles Park. The Park District hosted a public meeting on July 18 to share the draft plan and hear input from residents. While the plan sounds wonderful, the grant is very competitive. A good showing of interest and support for the plan will strengthen our chances.

The grant reimburses 50% of the project cost, up to $800,000 maximum. Half of the cost of the project will be paid by the Park District or other entities.

Online Survey

Open for several weeks:
https://2019ilesparkosladgrantproject.questionpro.com

The Park District presented two preliminary plans for consideration and feedback. Click on an image below to see a larger PDF version.

Option 1

  • Parking lot in the far northwest and northeast corners
  • Skate park
  • Event lawn with open grassy area
  • New playground northeast of the ball diamond
  • New walkways, 8′ wide
  • Sculpture
  • Bioswales and greenery near the rail line.
  • Ball field, shelter, restrooms, pickleball fields, mature trees remain, possibly with upgrades.

 

Iles Park renovation option 1

Option 2

  • Event lawn with open grassy area in the northwest corner
  • Skate park in northeast corner
  • New shelter in northeast area
  • New playground replaces current playground in same area
  • New walkways, 8′ wide
  • Sculpture
  • Parking loop near the rail line
  • Bioswales and greenery near the rail line.
  • Ball field, shelter, restrooms, pickleball fields, mature trees remain, possibly with upgrades.

Iles Park Renovation Option 2

Next Steps

The grant application is due by August 19, and the Park District will finalize the plan, budget and proposal by that time.  Additional public input opportunities are anticipated

2009 Master Plan

http://www.springfieldparks.org/pdf/Iles_Park_Master_Plan_Report_3-1-09.pdf

Iles Park History

Read about Iles Park History: https://www.ilespark.org/iles-park-springfield-il-history/