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Park District Could Get Grant for Sportsman's Park Upgrades

Upgrades to the park include improvements to the shooting range, a new parking lot, handicap accessibility upgrades and the addition of nature trails, which is meant to open up the 27 acres of space to the community, according to media reports.

The Naperville City Council this past Monday approved allocation from its food and beverage tax funds to the Naperville Park District to complete upgrades at Sportsman's Park, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

Councilors met on Monday in a special workshop to decide how to allocate $2 million in Special Events and Cultural Amenities grants from the funds, according to the article. In total, there were 91 applicants requesting $3.2 million in funds, including the park district, which requested $574,000 in funds for Sportman's Park.  

Councilors decided to allocate $42,000 in funds to the park district, which consists of money that was allocated in the current grant cycle but not spent, as well as an addition $27,543, which was not committed to other grant applicants for the next year, according to the Naperville Sun. 

From there, the park district plans to allocate $40,000 in 2015 to the project with funds increasing for several years after by 2 percent, according to the article. 

The City Council will still need to give final approval on the grant request in April, according to the Chicago Tribune. Upgrades to the park include improvements to the shooting range, a new parking lot, handicap accessibility upgrades and the addition of nature trails, which is meant to open up the 27 acres of space to the community for fishing, biking, running and more, according to the article. 

Meanwhile, remediation efforts at the park continue as the park district works to remove remnants of lead pellets, which were used at the park's shooting ranges up until 1998 when the pellets were banned, according to the Daily Herald. 

The cleanup began last fall after testing found the soil was contaminated by lead and the park district was expected to start to remove trees in the 17-acre area where the soil was contaminated in late February or early March, according to the Daily Herald. 

Later this spring the park district will excavate, treat, remove and replenish the soil in the affected area. Following the removal and remediation, the Park District will plant approximately 150 new trees plus shrubs, native vegetation and turf. 

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