Champaign Park District hopes to buy park

July 4, 2017 by  

The Champaign Park District would like to take ownership of the Human Kinetics Park, located on Market Street, and recently took the first step to make that happen by applying for a federal grant.

At a recent meeting, board members voted to apply for the grant by a 4-0 vote, according to an article in the News-Gazette. The grant would be funded by the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund.

According to Joe DeLuce, the park district’s executive director, the park is the property of the employees who work at Human Kinetics, who built it in 2012. Since that time, the district has been leasing the space, which covers 8.5 acres, from those employees.

The amenities of the park include a volleyball court, a football field, a basketball court, a ball field, and three soccer fields. There is also parking provided.

The grant, if approved, would give the park district $200,000 to use toward purchasing the park. The district would add another $200,000 of its own money to the acquisition. Craig Hays, the president of the park board, is a strong supporter of the measure and hopes to see the purchase finalized, saying “that would be great.”

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