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Sugar Grove Park District receives $400K grant for new community park

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

SUGAR GROVE – The Sugar Grove Park District has received a $400,000 state grant that will fund about half the cost of Harter Community Park, which will be developed on 14.8 acres south of Harter Road and west of Route 47 at the Harter Middle School campus.

The park district recently was notified that it will receive the matching grant as part of the state’s Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development program.

The project is expected to cost about $800,000, and the park district also will be chipping in about $400,000.

This is the first state grant the Sugar Grove Park District has received.

Harter Community Park will contain three ballfields, a multiuse court, shelter, pathways, a playground, a football practice field, baggo courts and enhanced natural areas.

“Our biggest need was ballfields,” said Sugar Grove Park District Executive Director Greg Repede. “Although the park will provide opportunities for the physical education students at Harter Middle School, it’s really designed as a community park.”

The park is expected to be developed in the next 18 months on land owned by Kaneland School District 302.

“We still have to draw up the plans and put the project out for bid,” Repede said.

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