Park Development Made Possible Through Grant Awards
The New Lenox Community Park District continues to be faced with the task of seeking other resources to continue park and facility improvements and upgrades. This plan of action is necessary due to a decline in real estate development and in turn developer donations, and focuses on a greater need for the identification, submission and application of various grant funding opportunities. Sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Park District has received over 2.4 million dollars through OSLAD grants to develop/improve numerous park sites. The success of grant awards allows for park improvements as well as facility upgrades. Additional grants were also successfully applied for and resulted in updates at Park District facilities including energy-efficient lighting for Park District buildings as well as a safety grant that allowed for the purchase of life saving Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) at all Park District facilities and outdoor bleacher inspections. Finally, the Park District was awarded a Streambank Stabilization grant thru Will/South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District.
SKY HARBOR PARK
Early Winter 2020 the New Lenox Community Park District was awarded an OSLAD Grant in the amount of $400,000 to help develop a state-of-the-art equipped park for all different ages, Sky Harbor Park. A first-time feature to our Park System and new recreational/fitness trend, Sky Harbor Park will have two fitness challenge course – one for ages 5-12 and a second course for teens and adults. An accessible Creative Play Area will be developed for ages 2-5 and 5-12. Also, this Park site will feature a large shelter for picnicking and park rentals. Just east of the main shelter will be bocce and bags for multi-generational recreation. A multipurpose trail encircles the site perimeter to support active lifestyles. Trails will be added to the parking lot with permeable pavers that will provide storm water management and opportunities for learning & education as well as being good stewards of the environment.
Location: In Sky Harbor Subdivision on Alta Vista Drive.