LOCKPORT & MANHATTAN, Ill. – The City of Lockport and Manhattan Park District are among the 19 recipients of over $3.7 million in grants for recreational trail projects in Illinois. Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced the funding, aimed at enhancing trails and outdoor recreation facilities.
Lockport will use its $200,000 grant for the Eighth Street pedestrian bridge replacement, while Manhattan Park District receives the same amount for developing trails at Round Barn Farm. The grants, covering up to 80% of project costs, support a variety of activities, including trail construction, land acquisition, and restoration efforts.
Natalie Phelps Finnie, IDNR Director, highlighted the importance of these projects in providing safe outdoor spaces for various activities. The grants, part of the federal Recreational Trails Program, were recommended by the Illinois Greenways and Trails Council and support both motorized and non-motorized trail projects across the state.