Governor Quinn Announces PARC Investments to 22 Communities, Creating 300 Jobs $50 Million in Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Funding Will Help Local Communities Renovate and Build New Recreation Facilities
CHICAGO – October 3, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that 22 communities across the state will be able to renovate and
repair recreation facilities and build new facilities with support from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program. The Park and Recreational Facility Construction (PARC) Grant Program is providing $50 million in targeted investments to eligible local governments for acquisition, development, construction, rehabilitation or other capital improvements to park and recreation facilities in Illinois. The public works projects are expected to create more than 300 jobs.
“Investing in Illinois communities now is essential to growing our economy for years to come,” Governor Quinn said. “The PARC Program will help communities all over the state proceed on local initiatives that will boost local economic development and help improve the quality of life for all Illinois residents.”
The PARC Grant Program, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), reimburses grant recipients up to 75 percent of approved project costs with up to 90 percent reimbursement available to local governments defined as disadvantaged. Projects eligible under the program involve land acquisition for the construction of new, or expansion of existing, indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, and for open space and conservation purposes.
“Recreation is important to our health as individuals and our health as a community,” Lt. Governor Sheila Simon said. “In Carbondale, like cities across the state, many people worked together toward this opportunity to play together. Our state is a better place for their teamwork.”
“This is a great opportunity to improve the quality of life in communities throughout Illinois, not only in the long term but the short term as well by creating jobs to make these projects a reality,” IDNR Director Marc Miller said.
The $1,504,500 will be used to rehabilitate the exterior and interior of the Humboldt Park Fieldhouse building.
For more information contact: Stephanie Gibbons, 312-742-4744.