Two projects designed to upgrade green spaces in the Riverbend have received a financial boost from the state. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced Saturday that he has awarded $15.3-million in grants through the state's Open Space Lands Acquisition Development program to support renovations at parks throughout the state.

Locally, $1.2-million has been awarded to help fund projects in Alton, Bethalto and the Metro East.  The village of Bethalto will receive $400-thousand to fund the second phase of the Bethalto Sports Complex which includes the addition of four multi-use baseball diamonds, two little league diamonds, a football field, a soccer field, parking lots, the creation of a road connecting to Stadium Drive and a bridge connecting the new portion to the existing sports complex.

The City of Alton will receive $148,600 to renovate a portion of the historic Riverview Park. That project will improve the bandstand, walkways and landscaping, the creation of an overlook structure, the installation of solar powered site lighting and a 'grasscrete' driveway leading into the park.

An additional $626,500 will also be coming to central and southern Illinois to help fund projects in Calhoun and St. Clair Counties. You can find a full list of all the OSLAD grant recipients by following visiting:

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