Edwardsville Township seeks funds as part of Navy plane project

EDWARDSVILLE – Edwardsville Township Supervisor Frank Miles says he will apply for funds from the Madison County Sustainability and Recycling Program and the Madison County Park and Recreation Commission Park Enhancement Program, totaling $30,000.

miles frankThe Edwardsville Township Board of Trustees authorized Miles to apply for the two grants, which will be utilized to install sustainable landscaping at the base of the U.S. Navy A-7E Corsair II on display at the Robert C. Stille Edwardsville Township Community Park, located at 6368 Center Grove Road in Edwardsville.

The Madison County Sustainability and Recycling Program is designed to assist units of local government with sustainability objectives and projects, and is funded by gate fees received at Madison County landfills. The Madison County Park and Recreation Commission Park Enhancement Program, supported by sales tax, is designed to assist units of local government to develop and enhance their parks. Both grants are subject to approval by the Madison County Board.

Both grant funds will be used to purchase and install various native plantings, shrubs, trees, flowers, as well as a pervious paver system. Pervious pavement is a surface area that allows water to pass through either the space between pavers or through the paving material.

The pervious pavement systems are beneficial because as the storm water filters through the pavers into the soil below, it lessens the negative effects of water runoff. These enhancements are a continuation of the efforts to make the Edwardsville Township Community Park more sustainable.

Improvements recently made in the park include the addition of a 3 kW solar panel, which provides energy to the new All-Seasons Restroom facility, the new dual electric vehicle charging station, and the new personal electronic device charging station. More recently the Township has renovated Restroom 1 and Restroom 2 facilities with low flow water and high efficiency fixtures. The sustainable landscaping is a continuation of this effort to enhance our park with sustainable features.

The park enhancement is the finishing touch following “Mission Preservation: The Campaign to Restore the Plane” launched in early 2016. The fund-raising campaign supports the restoration of the U.S. Navy A-7E Corsair, located at the park for the past 25 years.

Trustees signed a contract with a national non-profit organization, the Flight Deck Veterans Group (http://www.fdvg.org/), to complete the restoration.

      From the Illinois Business Journal

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