Area park projects got a springtime boost at Wednesday's Madison County Board meeting.
The board approved a resolution awarding $1.34 million through the Park Enhancement Program. Funding comes from a one-tenth of 1 percent sales tax approved by voters in November 2000, when they voted to create the Metro East Park and Recreational District.
The board approved 23 grants, including projects in Alton, Bethalto, East Alton, Godfrey, Granite City, Hartford, Roxana, South Roxana and Wood River.
“This program has been incredibly successful in enhancing community parks throughout Madison County,” County Board Chairman Alan J. Dunstan said in a press release.
“Throughout the year, parents and grandparents take children to have fun on the playgrounds, while others play ball and golf or just enjoy nature's wonders,” Dunstan said. “We are also fortunate that in Madison County, many of the parks are accessible by one of the most extensive systems of bike and walking paths in the country.”
Local projects include:
Rock Springs Park: Work on ball field, including Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant viewing area
James H. Killion Park: Overlay basketball courts with asphalt mix and restripe; retrofit poles with energy-efficient light-emitting diode fixtures and install new lights at park entrances
Gordon Moore Park: Buy two tents for events; install 1,000 feet of 5-foot fence with top hand rails along north side of soccer fields; buy tarps and turf for Hopkins Field, dugout and batting cages; replace dugout roofs at diamond No. 6 and purchase steel to encase fascia of dugouts; make restroom handicapped-accessible; new dugout roofs for fields 1-3
Town & Country Swimming Pool in Central Park: Loan repayment and renovation of gazebo area, including handicapped-accessible picnic table, improved approach and new lumber
East Alton: $31,480
Keasler Recreation Complex: install pavilion, six benches and bike rack for 18 bicycles.
Glazebrook Park: repayment for third year of Park Enhancement Program loan
Granite City Park District: $150,950
Legacy Golf Course: Pave 7,000 linear feet to complete third phase of cart/walking paths; improve drainage and make ground repairs; install riprap around lakes
Seventh Street Park: Install Slide City playground structure.
Roxana Community Park District: $15,000
Roxana Park: Install security cameras
South Roxana: $14,180
Veterans Memorial: install digital marquee
Wood River Parks and Recreation: $53,150
Belk Park: repayment of Park Enhancement Program loan; build handicapped-accessible fishing dock
14th Street Park: pave and buy two goals for basketball court, construct dog park featuring separate areas for large and small dogs.
Wood River Township: $31,951
Kutter Park: add electric receptacles to baseball diamonds, paint and replace backstop fence on diamond No. 1; build retaining wall to prevent erosion, install rubberized bedding for playground.