Madison County to award $1.35 million in park and recreation grants

 EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County is awarding $1.35 in funding for various park and recreational projects in communities throughout the county.

madisoncountylogo2The County Board is expected to take action on March 21.

The PEP grants range from between $15,000 and $165,200 and including funds for projects such as a dog park, playground equipment, pavilions, a walking/bike trail and outdoor lighting. The funding will be combined with city, village, township and park district funds to finance the projects.

Chairman Kurt Prenzler said the PEP program is successful thanks to the taxpayers. He said the 1/10th of one percent sales tax was approved by voters in 2000 under the Illinois Metro-East Park and Recreation District Act and is administered by Madison County’s Community Development Department.

“Since its establishment the funds have been used to improve parks and recreational facilities across the county,” Prenzler said.

In the program’s 18 years, more than $20 million has been awarded, according to officials. Municipalities can apply annually for a grant.

Community Development Administrator Trudy Bodenbach said residents benefit in many ways from the efforts of the Park and Recreation Commission. She said the PEP grants are instrumental in enabling communities to maintain and improve their respective parks and recreational facilities

County Board member Jamie Goggin, who is chair of the Park and Recreation Grant Commission, said serving on the commission is one of his most enjoyable and rewarding duties as an elected official.

“People in every community can go to their local park and point to something that was built from this program,” Goggin said. “We have a vast network of parks and recreational facilities within the county and these things enhance the quality of life for all our residents.”

He said not only do residents enjoy the amenities at parks and recreational facilities but so do the people who come to visit and it contributes positively toward the county’s overall economic development.

2018 PEP Grant Requests

Alhambra Township
Amount Requested: $15,000
Scope of Project:
Alhambra Township Park
• Renovation of concession stand equipment including new reach in refrigerator and two tank-less water heaters
• Refrigerated merchandiser
• Ball diamond dirt

Alton Park & Recreation
Amount Requested: $138,655
Scope of Project:
Gordon Moore Park
• Repayment of pep loan
• Fencing of soccer fields
• Field 6 ADA viewing area
• Simpson court 5 and 6 repairs
• Simpson Clubhouse ADA restroom improvements
• Concession 1 charging station
• Diamond 1 lighting facilities improvements
• Protective fall surface at concession 2 play area
Killion Park
• Install ADA compliant viewing area at basketball court
• Sidewalk removal and replacement

Village of Bethalto
Amount Requested: $47,900
Scope of Project:
Town & Country Swimming Pool in Central Park
• Loan repayment
• Final concrete pour
• Installation of fencing
• Acquisition of chairs, umbrellas, loungers, benches, etc.

Chouteau Township
Amount Requested: $20,950
Scope of Project:
Chouteau Township Park
• Purchase and install fence along Thorngate Dr.
• Purchase new mower
• Top/trim 25 trees

Collinsville Area Recreation District
Amount Requested: $165,200
Scope of Project:
Glidden Park (City of Collinsville)
• Purchase of two ADA picnic tables
Pleasant Ridge Park (Village of Maryville)
• Retaining wall
• ADA Park grill
• Five waste receptacles
Splash City
• Landscaping Lazy River and Oasis Fence Line
• Concrete at three locations
• Safe slide restoration
• Davco painting
Sports Complex (City of Collinsville)
• Purchase of three sets of bleachers
Woodland (City of Collinsville)
• Purchase of five sets of bleachers, ten ADA picnic tables

 

East Alton
Amount Requested: $31,480
Scope of Project:
Keasler Recreation Complex
• Loan repayment for Keasler Renovation
• Installation of thermostat at Keasler

City of Edwardsville
Amount Requested: $133,155
Scope of Project:
Vadalabene Park
• Construction of new playground
Schwarz Dog Park
• Purchase and installation of turf

Edwardsville Township
Amount Requested: $15,000
Scope of Project:
Township Park
• Replacement of existing wood playground with a new playground

Foster Township
Amount Requested: $19,995
Scope of Project:
Foster Township Park:
• Repay loan for museum

Village of Glen Carbon
Amount Requested: $64,825
Scope of Project:
Schon Park
• Phase II improvements including a playground area, restrooms and parking

Village of Godfrey
Amount Requested: $89,835
Scope of Project:
Homer Adams Park
• ADA compliance to restroom facility
Godfrey Ball Park
• New fencing on field 3 and 5

Granite City Park District:
Amount Requested: $150,950
Scope of Project:
Brown Recreation Center
• Gymnastics equipment
Wilson Park
• Garden gazebo painting
• New backstop on diamond 2
• Basketball court improvements
• Pool shade
• Pool gutter renovations
Legacy Golf Course
• Shore stabilization plan

Village of Hamel
Amount Requested: $15,000
Scope of Project:
Hamel Community Park/Building
• Construct a public restroom facility

Village of Hartford
Amount Requested: $0 (not applying)

City of Highland
Amount Requested: $48,895
Scope of Project:
Glik Park
• Renovate the infield
• Replace an existing ADA poured in place surface
Korte Rec Center
• Year 1 repayment of PEP loan

Village of Livingston
Amount Requested: $15,000
Scope of Project:
Veterans Memorial Park
• Loan repayment and funding for public restroom

City of Madison
Amount Requested: $19,575
Scope of Project:
Cloverleaf Park (Nameoki Township)
• Concrete pad
Misc.
• Basketball backboard replacements
• Trees and shrubs around city parks

Village of Marine
Amount Requested: $15,000
Scope of Project:
Village Park
• Add a marquee
• 2 ADA water drinking fountains
• Upgrade the electrical

Village of Maryville
Amount Requested: $22,005
Scope of Project:
Drost Park
• Repay remaining balance of bank loan for playground
• Materials for safety surface and equipment

Nameoki Township
Amount Requested: $20,923
Scope of Project:
Community Park
• Playground border edging – concrete barrier curb
• Construction of a 16×20 pavilion

New Douglas Township
Amount Requested: $15,000
Scope of Project:
New Douglas Township Park
• ADA parking & signage remediation
• Wi-Fi water leak detector
• Restroom adaptation remediation
• Movie program
• Park and playground equipment
• Picnic table rehabilitation
• Native plant garden development
• Greenhouse repairs

Village of New Douglas
Amount Requested: $15,000
Scope of Project:
• Purchase mower

Village of Pontoon Beach
Amount Requested: $28,705
Scope of Project:
Lakeside Park
• Pavilion with slab
• Picnic tables
• Benches
• Shoreline viewing platform
• Parking lot
• Perimeter vinyl fence
• Grilling stations
• Lighting and electrical
• Rip rap along shoreline
• Park signage

Roxana Community Park District
Amount Requested: $15,000
Scope of Project:
Roxana Park
• Install five, 15’ LED light poles along new walking path
• Purchase one set of four row, 15’ bleachers
• Replacement of deteriorating fence surrounding a playground with a new 4’ chain link fence

Village of South Roxana
Amount Requested: $15,000
Scope of Project:
Veterans Memorial
• Purchase UTV for the park

St. Jacob Park District
Amount Requested: $15,000
Scope of Project:
• Update and repairs to main park pavilion

Tri-Township Park District
Amount Requested: $80,745
Scope of Project:
• Lighting in southwest parking lot and lighting for sports fields
• Reconstruction and pavement overlay for eroded walking trails
• Complete southwest parking lot with oil and chip

Venice Park District
Amount Requested: $15,000
Scope of Project:
• Repayment for the loan once IDNR releases funds for OSLAD

Wood River Parks and Recreation
Amount Requested: $53,150
Scope of Project:
• Repayment of outstanding pep loan
• Renovate Emerick Sports Complex

Wood River Township
Amount Requested: $33,195
Scope of Project:
Kutter Park
• Construct walking bike trail through Cottage Hills

Village of Worden
Amount Requested: $15,000
Scope of Project:
• Annual payment of the Park & Recreation Loan

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