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Nick Ursch Memorial Pavilion officially opens at Leon Corlew Park

nickurschpavilion1The Nick Ursch Memorial Pavilion officially opened Saturday at Leon Corlew Park in Edwardsville

City of Edwardsville officials, donors, business leaders and children gathered for a ribbon cutting and official dedication. This pavilion was made possible through a donation to the “Better Place to Play” campaign.

The Nick Ursch Memorial Pavilion was made possible through a $50,000 donation from his grandparents, Mark and Sally Speciale (just to right of center of photo). The Speciales wanted to make sure their grandson’s legacy could provide a place for families to make memories, enjoy the beauty of Edwardsville and foster happiness in community members regardless of age.

“We are happy to have the chance to do our part to give back to the community we call home,” said Sally Speciale. “Edwardsville has a bright and shining future. We wanted our grandson’s memory to be a part of that future.”  Nick Ursch died in 2017 at age 21.

The pavilion will provide relief from the sun for those utilizing the splash pad, playground and walking trail. Additionally, the pavilion will be available for rental for family reunions, birthday parties and other gatherings.

“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the Speciale family. This donation reminds us of the unique and supportive community we have here in Edwardsville,” said SJ Morrison, Edwardsville Ward 4 alderman. “Hats off to the Speciales and all of the donors that turned this property into a bustling community destination.”

To learn more about rentals and reservations, visit or contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (618) 692-7538. To make a donation to the Better Place to Play Campaign, residents and potential sponsors may donate online at or contact the Edwardsville Community Foundation at All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law through the foundation.


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