GRAYSLAKE – The Zion Park District has been selected to receive $132,800 in state funds to update a popular bike trail through the Illinois Bicycle Path Grant Program, State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) announced Thursday.

“Trails and bike paths offer residents, families, and visitors public spaces to enjoy the outdoors and be physically active,” Belt said. “This grant will ensure that the Edina Trail is a safe and accessible option for residents to enjoy for transportation and recreation.”

The Zion Park District will use the grant funding to resurface 1.5 miles of the 8-foot-wide asphalt trail. The project also includes updating roadway crosswalks with accessible concrete curb ramps, providing trail entry and crossing signs, adding a bike repair station, and implementing drainage improvements.

The Illinois Bicycle Path Grant Program, which is administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, was created in 1990 to provide grants to eligible local governments for projects that develop, rehabilitate, or construct new bike paths. This year, the program will fund seven bike path projects across the state totaling more than $800,000.

More information about the program, eligible projects, and the application process is available on IDNR’s webpage.

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