(CBS) — The state of Illinois Saturday awarded grants totaling $16.5 million to 46 park and playground projects statewide, including 29 in the six-county region.
The 46 were chosen from among hundreds of applications from park and recreation programs big and small throughout Illinois.
The Chicago Park District alone submitted close to 100 proposals. Two were chosen for grants. One is Walsh Park, at 1722 N. Ashland Av., at the eastern end of the three-mile-long, near North Side Bloomingdale Trail, a former railroad right-of-way that is being redeveloped into a linear park for joggers and bicyclists.