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County Board awards $1.34 million in park grants to 30 municipalities, park districts


From Illinois Business Journal news service

EDWARDSVILLE – Acting on the recommendation of the Madison County Park and Recreation Grant Commission, the County Board unanimously voted Wednesday to authorize the distribution of 30 Park Enhancement Grants totaling $1,343,398.66 to municipalities and park districts in the county.

The grants awarded by the Grant Commission will be enhanced through revenue provided by the cities, villages and townships to finance more than 90 projects throughout the county. The projects funded by the grants range from water parks to walking paths, from baseball and soccer fields to tennis and pickleball courts. The grants funds are also being used to repair park facilities and maintenance equipment.

In the more than 15 years since the Park Enhancement Program was created, more than $15 million in grants have been awarded to support and enhance the county’s community parks. The Madison County Park and Recreation District was created by a vote of Madison County residents in November 2000. The district is funded by a 1/10th of 1 percent sales tax which is administered by the Madison County Community Development department operating under the direction of the Madison County Park and Recreation Grant Commission.

Chairman Alan Dunstan said people frequently overlook the economic benefits of a successful park program.

“The parks create jobs for hundreds of Madison County residents of all ages. Companies looking to locate a business or facility take into consideration the parks and recreational facilities that are available for use by employees and their families,” he said.

“The fact Madison County has excellent parks can be the deciding factor in a company moving to Madison County and creating hundreds of jobs for our residents,” Dunstan said.

2016 Madison County Park Enhancement Grants

Alhambra Township

Amount requested: $15,000
Alhambra Township Park
• Backstop behind the hockey goals
• New energy efficient lights for hockey rink, wiring for the lights and concrete work for the lights
• Field dirt for ball diamonds, bat racks, field chalker, safety bases, pitching mound, field pump and base plugs

Alton Park & Recreation

Amount requested: $138,655
Gordon Moore Park
• Hopkins Field Lighting Upgrades
• Construct new pavilion at concession 1
• Equipment to relocate concession for ADA restroom at concession 1
• Purchase tables for pavilion 1
• Purchase infield mix for ball diamond
• Relocate access road at Bathhouse to provide additional recreation area at lake and Oriental Garden
Haskell House
• Roof improvements
Olin Park
• Seal and restripe courts
Hellrung Park
• Seal and restripe courts
Dog Park
• Purchase recycle bins, trash bins and tables

Village of Bethalto

Amount requested: $47,900
Town & Country Swimming Pool in Central Park
• Loan repayment and increase of costs from plumbing issues

Chouteau Township

Amount requested: $20,975
Chouteau Township Park
• Repayment of PEP loan
• Construction of a new fence
• Sustainability grant match

Collinsville Area Recreation District

Amount requested: $165,200
CARD Administration Building
• Addition of crushed limestone to ball fields
• Purchase of recreation equipment: baseballs, bats, pickle ball paddles, volleyballs
• Purchase of supplies and equipment for special events such as pumpkin carving knives, wood working crafts, table cloths for art classes
• Repair brick walkway to be ADA compliant
Arlington Golf Course
• Renovate restrooms to be ADA compliant
• Improve the front entrance
• Improve drainage on holes 5 and 6
• Repave hole 1 to address aesthetics and ADA issues
Pleasant Ridge Park
• Improve landscaping by pavilion and playground
• Purchase benches and fencing for new archery range
• Purchase targets/bows/arrows/safety equipment for archery range
Glidden Park
• Creation of ADA parking and path to access restrooms
• Replacement of water fountains for ADA reasons
Splash City Water Park
• Painting of the leisure pool and toddler pool
• Replacement of water features at Monsoon Mountain
Willoughby Farm
• Improve drainage behind the barn
• Installation of gutters at the house, barn, and pavilion
• Installation of permeable pavers by the restrooms and pavilion to be ADA compliant
Woodland Park
• Create ADA parking for Lions and Rotary Pavilion
• Replacement of fountain wire for the lake
• Replacement of water fountains for ADA reasons
• Installation of time locks on restrooms
• Creation of ADA path, fence repairs, and drying agents to Tomahawk field
Schnucks Park
• Regrade/reseed lake dam
• Repair gazebo, paint playground and improve landscaping
Sports Complex
• Addition of drying agents to fields 2,4 and 5

East Alton

Amount requested: $31,480
Keasler Recreation Complex
• Loan repayment for Keasler Renovation
Van Preter Park
• Purchase and install turface on ball fields
• Purchase new chalk machine, infield drag and padding

City of Edwardsville

Amount requested: $133,155
Spray and Play Park, features for new park

Edwardsville Township

Amount requested: $15,000
Township Park, to bring restroom facility #2 into ADA compliance with installation of new toilets, hand dryers, occupancy sensors, new sinks, doors and soap dispensers

Foster Township

Amount requested: $20,135
Foster Township Park:
• Rough plumbing, concrete for restroom facility
• Interior completion of facility with ceilings, walls, flooring, and furnace

Village of Glen Carbon

Amount requested: $64,790
Miner Park
• ADA upgrades to walking paths
• Make ADA upgrades to playground equipment
Village Hall Park
• Purchase new scag mower

Village of Godfrey

Amount requested: $90,625
Homer Adams Park
• Replace playground

Granite City Park District

Amount requested: $150,950
Wilson Park
• Shelter project which includes demolition/reconstruction of 6-8 shelters and a new concrete pad for shelter 1
• Wood fiber fall protection installation for all parks
• Purchase and installation of new 12’ foot spiral slide
• Rebuild main pool pump

Village of Hamel

Amount requested: $15,000
Hamel Community Park/Building
• Replace/Install new tennis court surface, replace fencing, enclosure around tennis court to ensure ADA compliance, replace center drain on center court

Village of Hartford

Amount requested: $15,000
Seventh Street Park
• Purchase 3 ADA universal picnic tables, one Dew Drop water feature for the splash pad, 2 BBQ Grills, 2 sets of basic aluminum bleachers, add 2, 12 foot high canopy baseball backstops, add 2 pro-style base sets and purchase one pallet of field chalk

City of Highland

Amount requested: $48,637.66
Glik Park
• Purchase 7 trash receptacles
Korte Rec Center
• Install sidewalks across parking island
Silver Lake Park
• Revegetate the dam with native flowers and remove invasive species
• Purchase sonar for underwater recoveries
Spindler Park
• Install 3 light poles for parking lot
4-Diamonds Ball Fields
• Purchase 1 backstop to replace 60+ year old backstop
Rinderer Park
• Purchase three multi-use drinking fountains for guests and animals

Village of Livingston

Amount requested: $15,000
Veterans Memorial Park
• Loan repayment

City of Madison

Amount requested: $19,575
Third Street Park
• Asphalt overlay to entire walking path to repair track and remain in ADA compliance

Village of Marine

Amount requested: $15,000
Heritage Park and Village Park
• Purchase playground equipment
• Scag mower, weed trimmers
• ADA access to playgrounds

Village of Maryville

Amount requested: $22,555
Drost Park
• PEP Loan payment for improvements at Drost Park

Nameoki Township

Amount requested: $14,496
Community Park
• Commercial playground structure
• Pea gravel around all playground equipment

New Douglas Township

Amount requested: $15,000
New Douglas Township Park
• Remodel concession stand
• Purchase treadmill
• Purchase elliptical trainer
• Purchase fitness proRower

Village of Pontoon Beach

Amount requested: $28,825
Randall D. Dalton Veterans Park
• Construct seating for amphitheater

Roxana Community Park District

Amount requested: $15,000
Roxana Park
• Purchase new double flume water slide for pool
• Purchase bleacher shade shelter

Village of South Roxana

Amount requested: $15,000
Veterans Memorial
• Purchase and plant shrubbery, plants, trees, flowers and install decorative fencing around the sidewalk area of the park

St. Jacob Park District

Amount requested: $15,000
Install one mile of asphalt walking path

Tri-Township Park District

Amount requested: $80,000

• Pave handicap accessible parking spaces
• Pave 51,360 sq. ft. of walking trails and meet ADA compliance

Venice Park District

Amount requested: $15,000
Repayment for the loan once IDNR releases funds for OSLAD

Wood River Parks and Recreation

Amount requested: $53,150
Belk Park
• Repayment of PEP Loan year 4
• Construct new walking trail
Soccer Park
• Construct new restroom facility

Wood River Township

Amount requested: $33,195
Kutter Park
• Construct 3-4 pedestrian walking bridges for the disc golf course

Village of Worden

Amount requested: $15,000
Annual payment of the Park & Recreation Loan.

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