January 23, 2019 – Bi-State planners assisted with four grant applications to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) program and are happy to announce that all four projects were funded. Rock Island County Forest Preserve District received $400,000 for improvements to the Loud Thunder Forest Preserve Campground, Keithsburg received $140,000 for improvements and expansion of their Riverside Campground, Rapids City received $6,300 for a new outdoor wellness center at Shuler’s Shady Grove park, and Orion received $34,000 for land acquisition for an addition to Love Park. Other communities in the Bi-State region who were awarded funds for various projects include Atkinson, Geneseo, Illinois City, and Rock Island. $28.9 million was awarded overall and the program is expected to be funded again for next year’s grant cycle.