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Augusta Lake Park renovations planned : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Augusta Lake Park renovations planned
Park district will seek grant to cover portion of cost

by Lyle R. Rolfe


Augusta Lake Park in the unincorporated Shore Heights Subdivision, west of Ill. Route 31 could get a complete face-lift next year if an application for a state grant is approved.

Oswegoland Park District Board members agreed recently to apply for an Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to fund the improvements.

"The park was developed in 1993 and all facilities are in dire need of improvements. The playground was scheduled for replacement in 2013," said Grant Casleton, planning and development director for the park district.

Casleton said the five-acre park has a fishing lake, but motorized boating, swimming and ice skating are not allowed in the lake.

Other features include a handicap accessible playground, open areas for sports practice, a baseball backstop, wood pedestrian bridge and a crushed stone walking path with benches.

The last time the district applied for an OSLAD grant was for development of Prairie Point Park in Oswego.

If approved, the grant would pay for 50 percent of the project.

"Our preliminary probable estimate is $440,000 so we will request a grant of $220,000," he said.

The proposed project would include renovations to the handicapped accessible playground, a new small shelter, benches, picnic tables, and a bike rack.

A new foot bridge over the retention lake would replace the present wood bridge that is beyond repair, he said.

"We also will pave the existing limestone screening path around the lake to provide handicap accessibility and reduce maintenance for the staff as well as provide a cleaner walking experience," he said.

The lake edge has been eroding so they will grade it and plant wetland plants to reinforce the lake edge and prevent future erosion.

"This method is more ecologically desirable than installing a stone rip rap edge," Casleton added.

He mentioned that they will submit their application by July 1 and make a presentation to the state in October. Grant awards will be announced between January and April of 2015.

If the district receives a grant, construction would take place in the summer of 2015, Casleton said.

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