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Spray & Play groundbreaking now set for Tuesday, Dec. 1


From Illinois Business Journal news services

EDWARDVILLLE – A groundbreaking ceremony delayed by rain has now been rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The event in honor of the planned Spray & Play Park will take place at 3:45 p.m. near the corner of South Main Street and Linden Street, a block from downtown Edwardsville

An announcement will be made about the planned contractor for the project.

Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton, Edwardsville Alderman, Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan, representatives from the Edwardsville Community Foundation and other area stakeholders are invited to the event.

Earlier this year the city announced plans to raise private funding in an effort to bring three new parks projects to Edwardsville. The $2 million Spray & Play Park is the first of those. 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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