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Peoria Awarded $150K Grant for Public Park on South Side

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The City of Peoria is one of three communities nationwide to receive a $150,000 grant from the American Water Charitable foundation.

The funding will be used to build a new public park near Harrison Primary School that will center on nature-based play and outdoor learning. The “GreenSplash” will include a water feature that provides educational signs about the value of clean water.

Public Works Director Scott Reeise says in a statement that the neighborhoods, Peoria Public Schools and Peoria Park District are involved in the planning.

“When we learned of this grant program this spring, we saw a great opportunity to create a new, recreational amenity in the 61605 zip code, add more Green Infrastructure in the combined sewer area, and involve our community in the value of clean water," Reeise said. 

The park is slated to open next summer.

The other grant recipients are Robert's Lake in Seaside, California and Palmer Park in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.