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Wood River, Jerseyville rec plans among those receiving state grants

$2.5 million grant to revitalize Wood River’s Central Park

Wood River and Jerseyville are receiving state grants for major park and recreation projects, the state announced on Tuesday.

Central Park in Wood River is receiving a $2.5 million state grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Park and Recreational Facility Construction grant program.

The city of Jerseyville is to receive $450,000 to help replace the existing Susnig Center gym floor and bleachers, upgrade restrooms, and install a new roof.  Retractable batting cages will be installed, and portable basketball goals will be provided.

State Sen. Rachelle Crowe, D-Glen Carbon, said the pandemic has emphasized the importance of local parks to a community’s quality of life, “offering safe space for fresh air, exercise and solace. This investment to improve public space at Central Park shows our state’s commitment to offering residents more recreational opportunities and optimizing health and wellness.”

Central Park’s revitalization projects include plans to build a recreation center housing a gymnasium with two full-size multi-sport courts, an elevated walking path above the courts, locker rooms, multi-purpose space and more.

The PARC grant program provides up to 90 percent of project costs to help build, renovate and improve recreational buildings used by the public, with local governments matching the value of the grants awarded.

The grants to Wood River and Jerseyville – the only two in Metro East — were among 17 grants totaling $24.9 million awarded across the state Tuesday.

A full list of grantees is available on IDNR’s website.

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