The Glen Carbon Village Board this month unanimously voted in favor of a $1 million intergovernmental agreement between the village and the City of Edwardsville to help build its proposed ice rink, track, fitness and teen center.
The new development, called TheCENTER, will be located by Edwardsville High School, off Tiger Drive and Governors’ Parkway. The two entities already partner on the community pool at SIUE and this agreement is another example of their city-village collaboration.
Architect’s rendering from Chiodini Architects, St. Louis.
TheCENTER is the third and final park project to be completed as part of the “A Better Place to Play” Campaign. The facility is a recreational complex that will offer its residents and surrounding communities a year-round option for skating, exercise and more. It offers one of the only 175-meter special surface tracks in the area and will also offer a state-of-the-art ice rink, teen center, and meeting space. Because of this agreement, residents of Glen Carbon will pay the same rates as Edwardsville residents. Membership packages will also be available, with details still being discussed.
“It has been a very challenging year, and I am thrilled we are ending on a positive note by working with our neighboring community to provide a first-class recreational center,” Mayor Hal Patton. “TheCENTER will be beneficial for the wellness of the Edwardsville and Glen Carbon residents alike, for all ages and many generations to come.”
Patton said he appreciated the commitment of Glen Carbon Mayor Rob Jackstadt.
The intergovernmental agreement with Glen Carbon is a key component for the new development, building on the already significant partnerships with the Junior Service Club of Edwardsville/Glen Carbon and the Edwardsville Community Foundation.
For more about TheCENTER or donating, please contact The City of Edwardsville Parks and Recreation office at (618) 692-7538 or visit TheCENTER’s website at www.BuildtheCenter.com. Those interested in learning more about the “A Better Place to Play” campaign can find information online at https://www.cityofedwardsville.com/. “A Better Place to Play” can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/abetterplacetoplay and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BP2Play. E-mail inquiries can be made at Thecenter@thecityofedwardsville.com. Donations may also be mailed to Edwardsville Community Foundation to P.O. Box 102, Edwardsville, IL 62025.