Park projects get funding Madison County communities

By Bob Pieper for Chronicle Media

Alton Riverview Park is part of the Alton Park & Recreation Department system. (Photo courtesy of

The Madison County Board, March 20, unanimously approved Park Enhancement Program (PEP) grants for almost three dozen l subdivisions across the county.

Administered by Madison County’s Community Development Department, the grants are funded through a 1/10th of 1 percent sales tax, which was approved by voters in 2000 under the Illinois Metro-East Park and Recreation District Act.

The county’s Parks and Recreation Grant Commission approved the 2019 grants earlier last month. Following are the entities receiving grants, grant amounts, the specific parks or departments targeted for grants, and the improvements or uses for which funding will be used.


Alhambra Township – $14,590

— Alhambra Township Park

  • New mower

Alton Park & Recreation – $138,655

— Alton Park and Recreation

  • Recreation equipment

— Gordon Moore Park

  • Repayment of pep loan
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and facility improvements

— Killion Park

  • ADA sidewalk and restroom improvements

— Riverview Park

  • Erosion abatement

— Northside Park

  • ADA sidewalk and parking lot improvements

Village of Bethalto – $47,900

— Town & Country Swimming Pool in Central Park

  • Loan repayment

— Bethalto Central Park

  • Phase II of multiuse trail, 10- feet wide and 1,500-feet long, to connect the Bethalto Arboretum to Prairie St.
  • Benches, signage, information kiosk and decorative lighting

Chouteau Township – $20,950

— Chouteau Township Park

  • Memorial Wall

Collinsville Park and Recreation – $112,005

— Woodland Park

  • Demolish the existing Lions Playground and replace it with a new playground that will meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards

Collinsville Township — $15,243.30

— Senior Center

  • BowFlex
  • Indoor Rower
  • Cross Trainer
  • High density equipment mat
  • Yoga metal D-ring strap
  • ADA restroom grab bars
  • Automatic paper towel dispenser
  • Lancaster table and seating
  • Back stacking banquet chair
  • Ion audio tailgater Bluetooth speaker
  • Prostretch tubing with handles
  • Two massage chairs

Collinsville Parks and Recreation has received a grant to update the playground at Woodland Park to make it meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards. (Photo courtesy of Collinsville Parks )

East Alton Park and Recreation – $31,480

— Keasler Recreation Complex

  • Loan repayment for Keasler Renovation

City of Edwardsville – $133,155

— Plummer Family Park

  • Install filed lighting for baseball field quad

Edwardsville Township – $15,000

— Township Park

  • Make pavilion 1 and 6 completely ADA compliant which includes pavement work and picnic tables, water spigot and grill

Foster Township – $19,995

— Foster Township Park:

  • Repay loan for museum

Village of Glen Carbon – $64,500

— Miner Park

  • Rehabilitation of tennis and pickleball courts
  • ADA compliant sidewalk connection on both sides of the creek in the park
  • Re-grade ball diamonds to ensure proper drainage

Village of Godfrey – $89,835

— Glazebrook Park

  • LED light purchase and installation for Field A

Granite City Park District: – $150,950

—  Wilson Park

  • ADA Office Ramp
  • Ice skates
  • Bollard lighting for walk-way
  • Portable baseball mound, engineered soil and field leveling
  • Six new pickleball courts replacing two tennis courts
  • Expression swings and frame
  • Walking trail renovation
  • Electronic marquee

—  Stern Park

  • New playground equipment

Village of Hamel – $15,000

— Hamel Community Park/Building

  • Repay loan for bathroom facility

Village of Hartford – $15,000

— Seventh St. Park

  • Install additional lighting around the walking path

City of Highland – $48,895

— Glik Park

  • Replenish playground mulch

— Korte Rec Center

  • Repayment of PEP loan

— Miscellaneous

  • Mud Tracks for turf repair
  • Drone for marketing of parks

— Rinderer Park

  • Install new fence around the playground
  • Second phase of playground equipment

Village of Livingston – $15,000

— Veterans Memorial Park

  • Loan repayment and funding for public restroom
  • Electrical upgrades at ball field and park

City of Madison – $19,575

— Cloverleaf Park (Nameoki Township)

  • Concrete parking lot
  • Wheelchair ramp from lot to pavilion
  • Basketball pole, backboard and goal

— Miscellaneous.

  • Bushes, trees and shrubs around city parks

Village of Marine – $15,000

— Village Park

  • Park benches
  • Picnic tables

— Heritage Park

  • Sealing of walking path

Village of Maryville – $39,080

— Drost Park

  • New waste receptacles and kiosks

— Firemen’s Park

  • Drainage system
  • Zero turn mower, blower/shredders, wed trimmers

— Pleasant Ridge Park

  • New Septic system

Nameoki Township – $21,450

— Community Park

  • New galvanized fencing around the park
  • More concrete at the basketball court

New Douglas Township – $14,552.69

— New Douglas Township Park

  • Gymnastic Equipment including sting mat, original block, tumble track cartwheel beam, tumble track hands and feet, and set of progression mats
  • Star Trac Treadmill
  • Star Trac Tread Climber
  • Badminton Racquet set
  • Shuttlecock set
  • 3 Adidas glider soccer balls
  • 5 Spalding basketballs

 Village of New Douglas — $15,000

  •  New gazebo
  • Trees, landscaping, archway, signage, solar lights
  • Porta-potty service
  • Sidewalk and culverts

Village of Pontoon Beach — $29,490

— Lakeside Park

  • Loan repayment

Roxana Community Park District — $15,000

— Roxana Park

  • Novco full color 3’x8’ LED message center

 Village of South Roxana – $15,000

— Jurjaveich Park

  • Playground equipment for new park including swings and village green play structure

St. Jacob Park District – $12,135

  • Clean and seal asphalt walking path in the park
  • Installation of additional rubber mulch in playgrounds

Tri-Township Park District – $80,745

  • Walking trails
  • BBQ pits, two types (large/small)
  • Soccer goals
  • ADA Connection connecting parking lot, sidewalks and walking trails
  • Soccer lights and trenching of electric
  • Mulch
  • Sand for volleyball courts
  • Flower pots
  • Turface for baseball fields

Venice Park District – $15,000

  • Loan repayment

Williamson -$15,000

— Williamson Park

  • Complete reconstruction of tennis courts

Wood River Parks and Recreation -$53,150

  • Repayment of outstanding PEP loan
  • Renovate Emerick Sports Complex by upgrading backstops and fencing on Jaycee field and Lions Field.

Wood River Township – $33,195

— Kutter Park

  • Construction costs with completion of walking/bike trail through Cottage Hills

Village of Worden – $15,000

  • Annual payment of the Park & Recreation Loan

America’s Central Port – $15,000

  • Demolition of existing tennis ball court and a basketball court and installation of new ADA compliant playground