DeKALB – The renovation of Lions Park, years in the planning and long held up by the state budget impasse, will be celebrated Saturday morning.
Residents are invited to join the DeKalb Park District at 9 a.m. at the park along Taylor Street and David Avenue to check out the new playground, sand volleyball and basketball courts, and walk on the paths that wend through the park.
The district was awarded a nearly $200,000 Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development grant by the state in April 2014, but all OSLAD grants were frozen in March 2015. The district found out in September 2016 that the funds would be made available.
The renovations recently were finished.
“We’ve gotten nothing but positive feedback from everyone who’s gone in there so far,” said Scott deOliveira, the park district’s superintendent of marketing.
After a ribbon-cutting Saturday, family-friendly games including volleyball, bags and horseshoes will be organized, and refreshments will be available.
The park district’s executive director, Amy Doll, said the park was chosen for a variety of reasons.
“The amenities that were in the park were beyond their useful life and were not accessible,” Doll said. “The proximity of the elementary school, as well as high density housing were also factors. The White Pine tree grove and the Kishwaukee River as well as being able to connect the trail from Prairie Park also were strong considerations.”