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Lions Park in DeKalb to get makeover

Published: Monday, April 7, 2014 10:32 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 7:06 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – Lions Park will get a $400,000 makeover in the next two years with the help of a grant from the state of Illinois.

The DeKalb Park District received a $199,700 grant from the state’s Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development program administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The DeKalb Park District will match the grant with money saved in its capital projects budget.

DeKalb Park District’s assistant director Lisa Wells Small said the project will revamp the park at 700 W. Taylor St., which was identified as the most-used neighborhood park in DeKalb. In addition to replacing the playground and renovating the shelter, the park district will add a half basketball court and a sand volleyball court and improve fishing access, among other improvements.

“We’re really excited, and I think the public will be, too,” Small said. “It will appeal to a wide range of ages.”

Preliminary work will start this year, but the bulk of the construction will happen in 2015, Small said.

DeKalb was one of 46 park districts across the state to receive some of the $16.5 million awarded.

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