Fehr Graham helped the Freeport Park District secure a $200,000 grant to create an expansive bike path at Krape Park. This is one of 13 community projects getting money from a pool of $2,161,000 in Illinois Bicycle Path Grant Program funding to help communities develop and improve 13 local bike paths across Illinois.
Bicycle path projects are excellent drivers of job creation and economic development, while also increasing road safety for bicyclists. Illinois’ beautiful natural landscape should be accessible and safe for all to enjoy, and I’m pleased that projects like this help make that goal a reality."
Gov. JB Pritzker
The Freeport Park District plans to create a 10-foot-wide bike path that stretches more than half a mile, winding along scenic Yellow Creek. This path will offer a vital connection to local and regional bike paths, enhancing the cycling experience throughout the area. The project also includes a small parking area, providing convenient access for trail users.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources administers the Illinois Bicycle Path Grant Program. Funding comes from a percentage of motor vehicle title fees. The maximum grant award is $200,000 for development projects.
The purpose of the program is to help Illinois municipalities with the acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public off-road, nonmotorized bicycle paths and related amenities, such as drinking water facilities and restrooms.
See the full news release and a list of all of the grant recipients here.