Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently announced a $277,700 grant for the expansion of Turtle Island Park in Lake in the Hills.
The village was one of 89 statewide entities awarded part of the $29 million in Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development Program grants that provide funding assistance to local governments for the acquisition or development of land for public parks and open space.
Lake in the Hills was the only McHenry County agency to receive a grant under this year’s program.
The Turtle Island Park expansion has three goals: to improve a quality fishing venue, demonstrate examples of green infrastructure and create a quality family gathering site.
Located on Woods Creek Lake, the park already is a destination for anglers. The planned improvements will enhance access for anglers, including adding a handicapped-accessible fishing pier to allow access for everyone.
It also will improve parking for visitors.
The shoreline and island will demonstrate multiple techniques for erosion control.
A picnic shelter will bring the opportunity to relax and to show off green roof construction, and allow for use of rain barrels to demonstrate different green infrastructure techniques.
Finally, a butterfly garden and other native plants will show the beauty of hardy native plants.
The grant will reimburse 50 percent of the cost of the project.
The remainder of the funds are programmed for future years from the village’s capital improvement fund.