Byron Park District to discuss riverfront park at June 16 meeting

June 12, 2014

Online Staff Report

BYRON, Ill. — The Byron Park District has been in the process of completing a Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan for the agency since December. The Master Plan process has identified needs for park and open space improvements within the City of Byron.

The Park District and the City of Byron have been in ongoing discussions regarding the Park District acquiring some parks from the City of Byron, and is very close to an finalizing an agreement for the purchase of those parcels.

One of those parks is Hamas Park, and both the city and the Park District recognize that Hamas Park has — and will continue to provide — a much-needed recreational space along the Rock River.

The Park District sees Hamas Park as a perfect opportunity to provide additional recreational opportunities to local residents surrounding the park and as a gateway attraction into the City of Byron.

The Park District will be hosting a public meeting on potential park and recreation improvements for Hamas Park and presenting a conceptual design plan along with potential grant elements in preparation of applying for an upcoming state grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in July of this year. The Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant will assist the Park District in securing funding to implement improvements for future generations to recreate and enjoy the outdoors.

The Park District welcomes public input on the plan.

The public meeting will be at 6 p.m., Monday, June 16, at the Byron Park District, 420 N. Colfax, in Byron, Ill.

Contact the Park District executive director at (815) 234-6232 for more information, or visit www.byronparkdistrict.com.

Posted June 12, 2014

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