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Groundbreaking for Edwardsville’s Spray & Play Park set for Saturday


From Illinois Business Journal news services

EDWARDSVILLE – A groundbreaking for the planned Spray & Play Park in Edwardsville will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21.

A ceremony that had been set for today (Tuesday) was postponed because of the weather.

Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton, aldermen, representatives from the Edwardsville Community Foundation and other stakeholders and children are expected to participate.

The event will take place near the corner of South Main Street and Linden Street, a block from downtown Edwardsville

Earlier this year the city announced plans to raise private funding in an effort to bring three new parks projects to Edwardsville. Construction will begin soon on the first of the three parks to get underway – the $2 million Spray & Play Park located at South Main Street and Schwarz Road. Grading has been taking place at the site for the past few months and now that a contractor has been selected for the project, construction will soon start.

Slated for completion near Memorial Day 2016, plans for the Spray & Play Park include a splash pad and dry playground designed with special ADA standards built into the site.

The park will also will include a walking/fitness track, shade structures, pavilions, restrooms/changing rooms as well as native plantings with interpretive signage and a butterfly garden. Funding for the project includes a mix of grant funds, corporate sponsorships and private donations. Additional sponsorships are still available including naming rights for the park.

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