No Funds for New Park

Plans to build a new park along the Riverwalk have been put on hold.

The land at 430 South Washington Street, owned by North Central College, was set to be turned into a park, made possible by a $1.1 million grant from the State back in November.

But recently, while working on the design in collaboration with the college, the City of Naperville got word that the funding has been suspended due to gridlock in Springfield.

“I believe it has to do with the state’s budget and we understand where they’re coming from, but going out and constructing it now without those funds is not feasible to do,” said Bill Novack, Director of Transportation, Engineering and Development with the City of Naperville.

The area was set to have a simple design for a path from the Washington Street bridge toward the Riverwalk bridge near Burger King and a few signs.

The city will hold the plans and try to include them in the next Capital Improvement Project in the fall.

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