It’s been a busy year for Metro East Park and Recreation District and its partners.
A total 15 park and trail projects were completed in 2019. The upgrades are:
• Mabel’s Playground at Edwardsville Township Community Park.
• Construction of outdoor facilities at Fairview Heights’ Recreation Complex.
• Construction of pool at Fairview Heights’ Recreation Complex.
• Freeburg Park District’s 2019 land acquisition for future expansion.
• Phase 2A of Ray M. Schon Memorial Park in Glen Carbon.
• Installation of lighting at Glazebrook Park Ball Fields B, C, and D, in Godfrey.
• Installation of lighting at Glazebrook Park Ball Field A, in Godfrey.
• Restroom and walking paths constructed at Hamel Park.
• Infrastructure improvements at McAllister Park in Lebanon.
• Extension of the MCT Goshen Trail from Troy to O’Fallon.
• ADA upgrades to the Community Pool and Shower House in Millstadt.
• Community park enhancements project in O’Fallon.
• Sports field improvements in Roxana.
• Emerick Sports Complex renovation in Wood River.
• Cottage Hills multi-use path constructed in Wood River.
In the summer of 2019, MEPRD released its FY20 Park and Trail Grant Program with a budget of $2 Million in available funds. Twelve eligible applicants were selected and awarded grants for their park/trail projects, many of which are already making progress, the agency said in its winter newsletter.
MEPRD also released its FY20 Event Sponsorship Grant Program with a total budget of $30,000. $6,663.52 has been awarded to date. Nearly 78 percent of FY20 funding is remaining, and it’s not too late to apply. For more information about the program, including eligibility requirements, check out the FY20 Event Sponsorship Grant Program Application. The recipients are:
• Rotary Club of Edwardsville’s Bank of Edwardsville Rotary Criterium Event ($1,000 Award).
• SIUE Alumni Association’s SIUE Cougars Unleashed Homecoming Run Event ($1,000 Award).
• Village of Millstadt’s 32nd Annual Parks Biathlon Event ($1,451.25 Award).
• St. Jacob Lions Club’s Spooktacular Walk in the Park Event ($712.27 Award).
• City of Belleville’s Gingerbread 5K Walk/Run Event ($2,500 Award)
Here is a link to an interactive map of projects: