Two park benches in a park.ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — With support from State Senator Ann Gillespie, the Arlington Heights Park District was awarded $2.8 million for renovations and improvements to park facilities.

“Local park districts play an important role in the health and well-being of our communities,” said Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights). “This investment will further improve our park facilities, making them safe, accessible and enjoyable for years to come.”

The Park and Recreational Facility Construction grant program is administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources with funding from the Rebuild Illinois capital improvement program. More than $28 million was awarded to local governments for the construction, renovation and improvements of buildings or land purchases for public recreational opportunities. The PARC grant program provides up to 90% of project costs, with local governments matching the value of the grants awarded.

The Arlington Heights Park District will receive $2.8 million for building renovations, demolition of existing pools, the construction of a new Olympic-sized lap pool and children’s water play area, and site improvements to bring areas into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

For more information about the PARC grant program, visit the IDNR website.