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CONGERVILLE — The village of Congerville has won a state grant of $150,000 that will pay for half of the town's first park.

The Open Space Land Acquisition and Development program and federal Land and Water Conservation Fund will provide the grant, which was requested by Jim Cummings of the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council.

Mayor Steve Schrock said the village acquired seven acres several years ago from Warren White to use for the park, planning to build a new village hall on the property.

The park will feature a paved walking trail, pavilion, picnic areas, playground equipment, courts for basketball, horseshoes and bocce ball, and large green areas.

“We didn’t really have any park in town,” he said, adding White Park will be a nice addition to Congerville.

The current village hall is on Main Street, near the post office and several retail businesses. Memorial Park, about a half block away, is a small green space with benches, a gazebo and paved walkway.

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