Metro East Parks and Rec hands out grants to local projects

Chronicle Media

The Metro East Park and Recreation District recently awarded $2 million in grants to local parks and trails throughout the region. (Photo courtesy of MEPRD)

The Metro East Park and Recreation District (MEPRD) awarded $2 million dollars in grant funding to support local park and trail projects throughout 15 Metro East communities, MEPRD Executive Director Bryan Werner announced.

In July 2018, MEPRD began accepting grant applications for its FY 2019 Park and Trail Grant Program.

According to Jen Cochran, MEPRD Grant Coordinator, applications for the next grant cycle should be made available in July 2019.

These grants cover a portion of park and trail project costs, requiring applicants to provide a

local match to cover the remainder. Cochran says MEPRD encourages applicants to solicit federal, state, or corporate/local donations in conjunction with their local match.

“We are all fortunate that local residents and leaders understand and appreciate the value of quality parks and trails throughout the Metro-East. Recreational facilities and opportunities are second to none throughout Madison and St. Clair Counties, and they only continue to get better thanks to the numerous public agencies that MEPRD calls partners,” Cochran said,

“We wouldn’t have the system we do if it weren’t for the hard work, upkeep, and foresight provided by our partners,” Werner said.

This year’s grant awards were made to 19 separate project sponsors, consisting of 16 park projects and three trail projects.

The applicants included 8 municipalities, five park districts, two townships, two transit districts,

one county, and one non-profit. Below is a listing of grant recipients and their corresponding projects; visit to see further detail such as project scopes and estimated completion dates.


City of Collinsville

Woodland Park Improvements Phase 2


East St. Louis Park District

Jones Park Outdoor Fitness Court


City of Edwardsville

Plummer Family Park Accessible Baseball Field


Edwardsville Township

Mabel’s Playground


Freeburg Park District

2019 Park Land Acquisition


Gateway East Trails

Trestle Trail


Village of Godfrey

Glazebrook Park Ball Fields Lighting


Granite City Park District

Wilson Park Baseball Diamond #2 Renovation

MEPRD Grant: $14,052

Village of Hamel

Restroom and Walking Paths at Hamel Park


Horner Park District

McAllister Park Infrastructure Improvements


Madison County Transit District

MCT Quercus Grove Trail – Hazel Road to Jerusalem Road


City of Mascoutah

Maple Park Restroom


Village of Millstadt

Pool Restroom and Shower House ADA Upgrades


City of O’Fallon

Community Park Enhancement Project


Roxana Community Park District

Roxana Sports Field Improvements


St. Clair County

Engelmann Trailhead and Park Improvements


St. Clair County Transit District

Old Collinsville Road Trail Phase 1


St. Clair Township

Loop Creek Park Improvements Phase 1


City of Wood River

Emerick Sports Complex Renovation