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Berwyn Park Districts Loose $800,000 after Gov. Rauner Makes Grant Suspensions

By Lauren Pinkston

Berwyn parks are losing close to $800,000 in grants due to budget cuts made by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Park districts across the state are affected by grant suspensions, including the Berwyn Park District and North Berwyn Park District.

Jeffrey Janda, executive director of the Berwyn Park District, explained the Berwyn Park District is loosing two grants. One for $87,500 that was intended to be used for land acquisition for a new park. The second was for $306,600 to renovate and redevelopment existing parks, especially their water drainage systems

The North Berwyn Park District is also reported to be losing about $400,000 in grants. Joseph Vallez, executive director of North Berwyn Park District, was unavailable for comment.

Janda explained the suspension could not only make these projects unattainable, they will affect potential job opportunities, storm water management, and currently existing programs. Continue reading

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Berwyn Park District hosts free Halloween event

On Saturday, October 23, the Berwyn Park District will be hosting Safely Spooky Night. From 5-8:30pm children of all ages are invited to dress up in their costumes and come to Proksa Park to participate in traditional Halloween activities a week early. Proksa Park will be decorated with Halloween scenes so that children walking through can stop in for candy and treats. There will also be a hayride and a bonfire for children and adults of all ages to enjoy. While there will be concession and glo-products for sale, Safely Spooky is a free event. The first 200 children will take home a free pumpkin, so make sure you get there early!

To find out more about this event, visit the Berwyn Park District’s website at http://www.berwynparks.org or call  708-788-1701 or 708-795-2892.

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