Grant funding might cover about half of the city's $600,000 cost to purchase 22 acres along the Oak Creek lakefront.
Oak Creek has applied for a grant through the state's Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, which aims to preserve natural areas and provide opportunities for outdoor recreation.
City officials have said they plan to develop a public park on the property, 9006 S. 5th Ave., as part of ongoing lakefront redevelopment efforts.
While a mix of residential, retail and commercial uses are planned, Oak Creek officials say the park will be the first component constructed, which could happen in late 2012 or 2013.
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