Rep. Parkhurst Announces Long Awaited Funds for Kankakee State Park

Kankakee, IL – State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R- Kankakee) is pleased to announce the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) instructed its agencies to release grant funds towards the deferred maintenance projects at Kankakee State Park.

“This is huge news for the many residents and Kankakee visitors who are understandably upset and outraged over the continued closure of Kankakee State Park campgrounds,” Rep. Parkhurst said. “This park is the jewel in the crown of Kankakee County and reopening the Chippewa and Potawatomi campgrounds will restore our park to its former glory and grow our area.”

In 2012, it was determined extensive renovations were needed at Kankakee State Park’s campgrounds. These improvements included demolishing and removing two waste water plants, replacing one treatment plant, and constructing a holding tank at the Chippewa campgrounds. At the Potawatomi campgrounds, crews are needed to remodel and double the amount of showers and toilets.

The total amount of funds necessary to complete these projects and reopen the Kankakee State Park Campgrounds is $1.855 million. Earlier this week, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources released $255,000 and today the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity released $1.6 million in grant money.

“Since taking office, I worked with different parties to ensure these campgrounds are reopened as quickly as possible,” Rep. Parkhurst continued. “Thank you to the Governor’s office and all other stakeholders who are steadfastly working with me to get the campgrounds, which are such an important part of our community, reopened.”

Both campground projects are still in the beginning phases, but with these funds they can securely move forward with an expected spring 2019 reopen date.