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Photo – The Sycamore Park District is honored to be among the recipients of the DeKalb County Community Foundation (IL)’s Community Needs Grant for the fall 2016 grant period. The grant will help support engineering and construction a trail connection between Rte. 23 near the Sycamore Middle School to the Brickville Road parking area that accesses trails to Leon Larson and Sycamore Lake Parks. 80%!o(MISSING)f the project’s total cost will be funded by an IDOT transportation grant that the District received earlier this fall. The $20,000 from the Community Foundation will assist the Park District with the $158,150 local match. Construction will begin in the fall of 2017. With the support of DCCF, this project that focuses on safe routes to school, alternate transportation and recreation has truly become a community effort. Through an easement, the Sycamore Community School District #427 donated the land, the Park District will oversee development of the trail, the City of Sycamore, Illinois will take responsibility for the safe crossing at Brickville Road and ENCAP, Inc. will establish native landscapes along the trail for middle school teachers to use as an outdoor learning space. This is the first of 2 trail connections in the District’s long-range plan, ACTION 2020. Both connections also fit into a greater county-wide plan to improve connectivity throughout the area. To learn more about ACTION 2020, visit