EDWARDSVILLE — Edwardsville’s new splash pad at the intersection of South Main and Schwarz Road originally was scheduled to open July 1 but the opening date has been pushed back to July 8 to accommodate testing of equipment, making sure new staff is properly trained and to insure all Americans with Disabilities Act features are in place at the park so it is equally accessible to all.
“There are a few details that still need to be finalized before opening, including the parking lot and the training of park staff,” Bob Pfeiffer of Edwardsville Parks and Recreation said. “We want to make sure families have the best experience at the park, so we are going to take the extra week to polish things up. We know the public is very excited about the opening and we can’t wait until July 8 so area families can add another park to their list of summer attractions.”
In addition to the splash pad, the Leon Corlew Park will also include a walking and fitness track, playground area, shade structures, pavilions, restrooms and changing rooms as well as native plantings with interpretive signage and a butterfly garden.
Leon Corlew Park, which is named after a former alderman and Rotarian, is one of the three parks included in the city of Edwardsville’s fundraising effort, A Better Place to Play. The campaign is aimed at raising funds for three new parks in Edwardsville. The other two parks in development include an Ice Rink & Teen Center on Edwardsville School District grounds off Governor’s Parkway and a Sports Park for baseball, softball, soccer, pickleball, tennis and more near the Interstate 55 corridor. Sponsorship and donations are also needed to help fund these parks so construction can begin.