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Village of Diamond gets grant for pocket parks

DIAMOND – Residents in Diamond will be able to get from the south side of the village to the north side via a bike path, rather than biking or walking on the road.

Diamond Mayor Terry Kernc said with joint efforts from multiple organizations, the project should start this year.

“We hope to make the June bid letting with IDOT,” Kernc said. “I’m excited to have the addition of a bike path.”

The asphalt path will be about 1,600 feet long, beginning at Amber Lane, running north and east to the Claypool Drainage Ditch and continuing on to McGinty Street.

The path will include a wooden footbridge across the drainage ditch for easier crossing.

“I think the people are going to love it,” Kernc said.

The Three Rivers Association of Realtors made the most recent donation of $3,000 to the village last week.

Gideon Blustein, regional manager for Three Rivers, said the organization applied for a $3,000 Placemaking micro-grant from the National Association of Realtors, and were happy when they received it.

“The project in Diamond was in line with the grant,” Blustein said Monday. “The grant is to take underutilized space and make a community space from it.”

The $3,000 grant will put pocket parks at both trailheads of the path where benches, created by Boy Scout Tyler Krumpoch, will sit. The benches were part of Krumpoch’s Eagle Scout project.

An ITEP grant in the amount of $10,00, a ComEd Openlands Grant in the amount of $10,000 and a deeded strip of property donated by David McMurtry will create the path, Kernc said.

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